Lay Ministry and Leadership


Among the baptized, all of whom are called to serve the mission of the Church,
some experience a further specific call to lay ecclesial ministry. The call may come
in a dramatic moment. More often, it comes as the person grows - within the
community of faith - in love for God and a desire to do His will. One considers
that the graces received could now be put in service to the Church.”
                                                                                                       (Co-Workers, p.29)

The Office of Lay Ministry and Leadership works collaboratively with pastors and pastoral teams to encourage discernment among the baptized for ministry in the Church, to provide appropriate education, formation and on-going support for lay ecclesial ministers, and to promote certification and authorization for those who already serve in parish leadership roles in the Diocese of Metuchen. For more information on national certification through the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, please contact our Office or go to the Alliance website at 


(Diocesan Certification of Enrichment and Education in

Pastoral Skills, Theology, Human Formation and Spirituality)

The Office of Lay Ministry and Leadership announces a new two year program of formation for lay women and men, beginning in February, 2014 at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center.