Lay Pastoral Leaders

Lay Pastoral Leaders serve the Church in many diverse roles including RCIA team members, youth ministers, coordinators of parish outreach, bereavement ministers, and many other positions.

Lay Ministry Program
Parishes or agencies in the diocese sponsor candidates for the Lay Ministry Program. These sponsors also mentor the participants during their formation and help them to discern future ministerial responsibilities. The parish contributes toward the cost of preparing lay pastoral leaders. Each candidate pays a nominal fee, with financial assistance provided for those who need it. For more information and resources for pastors, click here.

Information Sessions are held in English and Spanish each spring to provide an overview of the program. Prior registration is required. Click here for more information. Parishes or potential candidates may also contact the Pastoral Institute for additional information at or 718-281-9556.

Sesiones informativas se llevan a cabo en inglés y en español cada primavera para proporcionar una descripción general del programa. Se requiere inscripción previa. Presione aquí para obtener más información. Las parroquias o candidatos potenciales pueden comunicarse también con el Instituto Pastoral para obtener información adicional.

Online Classroom
(Participants Only) Download Pastoral Institute materials including registration forms and assessment materials from the Online Classroom. Read more.

Lay Ministry Alumni
Upon completing the Lay Ministry Program, all commissioned pastoral leaders join the Alumni Association. Learn more about Alumni events and opportunities.