Lay Leaders Honored at Annual Recognition Mass

On May 16, the Brooklyn Diocese honored the service of laymen and women at the eighth annual diocesan recognition Mass and celebration, at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica.

Foundations for Ministry Begins in January

The Pastoral Institute will be offering its 10-week, 20-hour Foundations for Ministry Program in two languages beginning in January in various host sites. This program is designed for men and women who are discerning participation in the longer Lay Ministry Program or who desire a basic update in theology for ministry. It is being offered in English and Spanish.

Lay Ministry Program Honors Parish Leaders

About 150 persons gathered at the Dyker Beach Golf Course on Nov. 5 for the fifth annual fundraiser, “Celebrating Lay Ministry: Working in the Vineyard of the Lord.”

Want to Serve? Be on Time!

Dear Editor: For at least the third time this past Saturday, I have had to “fill in” as a eucharistic minister … only to have one of the “assigned” ministers run up to our pew and say “I am here. I am on the schedule.”

80 New Lay Leaders Come Forward to Serve

At two recent full-day orientation sessions, the diocesan Pastoral Institute welcomed 80 new participants for the Lay Ministry Program. Coming from parishes across the diocese, lay leaders embark on a three-year course of intellectual, spiritual, human and pastoral formation that will prepare them for service in their parishes. Thirty-nine will follow the Spanish-language track, while […]

NCCW Past President Receives Cross of Honor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Patty Johnson, immediate past president of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) Medal from Pope Francis.

Lay Ministry Program Accepting New Students

The Pastoral Institute of the diocese’s School of Evangelization will offer information sessions on its Lay Ministry Program, which will accept new students in September. This three-year program prepares lay persons to serve as volunteer coordinators or team members for a particular ministry in their parish. The sessions will be held in English and Spanish […]

Dolores Grosso

Lay Ministry Program Changed My Life

by Dolores Grosso Personal, ongoing study of Catholicism has been a part of my life since my return to the Church some 20 years ago. I had been somewhat active in my parish. However, in undertaking the three-year Lay Ministry Program sponsored by the diocesan School of Evangelization’s Pastoral Institute, I experienced a merging of […]

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros and Gerald Tortorella present certificates at the commissioning ceremony for parishioners who completed the Lay Ministry Program offered by the Diocese’s Pastoral Institute.

72 New Lay Leaders Complete Program

It’s graduation season, and 72 new lay ministers from 27 parishes in the diocese completed the three-year ministry preparation program.