Holy Spirit Institute for Service and Leadership

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with
Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this
unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since
“no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #3

In response to Pope Francis’ invitation at the start of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., established the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis on June 23, 2017. Coinciding with the establishment of the Secretariat was the development of a new structure for lay leadership formation. Building on the successes of the last fifty years of lay leadership formation in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, the Holy Spirit Institute for Service and Leadership is tasked with providing excellent formation and education to men and women called to serve as missionary disciples.


Pastors/Administrators will nominate active parishioners called to be missionary disciples for one of two tracks, each of which will address the four pillars of formation; Academic, Spiritual, Pastoral, and Human.

Click here for the Holy Spirit Institute Brochure

Apply online, click here or to download a paper application click here. (Application process begins each January)

The New Evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized.
Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus:
we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”,
but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”.
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #120



For further information regarding the Holy Spirit Institute,
please contact Joann Roa at jroa@diobrook.org or  718-965-7300, extension 2440

I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures,
styles, and
methods of evangelization in their respective communities.
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #33