16 New Lay Ministers Are Ready to Serve in the Diocese, Including Our Very Own Eileen Daley!

Published on May 28th, 2014 by Austin Keith | 0

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez will formally recognize 16 new lay ministers in a closing ceremony of the Ministry Formation Program on Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. The ceremony is open to the public.

In 1990, Bishop John J. Snyder established a committee to study the development of a formation program for lay ministers in the Diocese of St. Augustine. The first participants were admitted to the Ministry Formation Program (MFP) in the fall of 1992. The program’s first coordinator was appointed in July 1996.

The Ministry Formation Program shares in the ministry of leadership and service to the people and parishes in the diocese through a comprehensive program of spiritual, academic and pastoral formation for lay leaders. It provides a three-year comprehensive program of study: the first two years focusing on the academic subjects of Scripture, Catholic Tradition, Catholic Beliefs, Morality, Sacraments and Liturgy; the third year combining Theological Reflection with a Supervised Practicum Project.

The Ministry Formation Program is accredited by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation. The program was granted Reaffirmation of Accreditation in December 2009. This accreditation body is no longer in existence, but the MFP maintains its status until 2016.

“I give thanks for so many lay leaders who make our parishes alive and our society more just and peaceful. We owe them an opportunity to grow in competence and knowledge in their service,” said Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine.  “As St. Paul said, we are to ‘equip the holy ones for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ.” (Eph 4:7)

The 2014 class will bring the number of graduates to 321.  The 16 graduates, their parishes and their area of ministry are:

Graduate Parish Ministry Focus
Thomas Brown Asssumption Ministry to Seniors, CRHP
Jose Luis Correa San Sebastian Hispanic Ministry
Dennis Creamer Santa Maria del Mar Family to Family Ministry
Janice Creamer Santa Maria del Mar Religious Formation of Youth
Eileen Daley St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Religious Formation of Youth
Rose Dalton Immaculate Conception RCIA
Kathy Garske St. Catherine of Siena Social Justice Ministry
Karen Harding Our Lady Star of the Sea Adult Formation
Richard Hay Sacred Heart, Fleming Island Annulment Ministry, CRHP
Deborah Hoover Holy Spirit Religious Formation of Youth
Karen Knipping St. Matthew Bereavement Ministry
Shirley Lane St. Augustine, Gainesville Welcoming Ministry
Thomas Marsh St. Patrick, Jacksonville Annulment Ministry
Ryan Poticny Cathedral Basilica Youth Ministry
Joanna Stark St. Paul, Jacksonville Beach RCIA
Terry Starkey Our Lady Star of the Sea Kairos Prison Ministry

If you would like to learn more about the Ministry Formation Program and become a part of the program, please contact Erin McGeever at (904) 262-3200, ext. 118 or email: emcgeever@dosafl.com.

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