Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
Welcome to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Lay Ecclesial Ministry site. In November 2005, the United States Catholic Bishops approved a major document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry.
The bishops have offered Co-Workers in the Vineyard as “pastoral and theological reflection on the reality of lay ecclesial ministry, as an affirmation of those who serve in this way, and as a synthesis of best thinking and practice.” The document examines: theological foundations for lay ecclesial ministry, discernment and suitability for lay ecclesial ministry, formation of lay ecclesial ministers, authorization of lay ecclesial ministers, and policies and practices in the ministerial workplace.
|Lay ecclesial ministers are women and men whose ecclesial service is characterized by:
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