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Priestly Formation in Collaboration with the Laity

Did you know the seminarian formation guidelines are being revised?

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy has new general directives for all Bishop’s conferences around the world regarding seminarian formation.

NALM has prepared a document, Priestly Formation in Collaboration with the Laity, that references thirty-two passages in the Vatican document indicating that seminarian formation is to include significant collaboration with the laity.  This is important, as we want the USCCB's subcommittee on seminarian formation to incorporate the laity into the revisions. We encourage you to study the document and its references from a lay perspective, then offer feedback by filling out the survey at the end of the document.

We encourage you to study the document, facilitate discussions of it with others, and share your insights. We hope that this is but the beginning of a conversation among us all. Click for here for the document in English.

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NALM is dedicated to providing vision, voice, leadership, and advocacy for lay ministers and for the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church.  We do this through fostering and supporting the spiritual and theological formation, training, and ongoing development of career and volunteer lay ministers.

NALM traces its roots to 1976 when a group of lay people, vowed religious, and clergy began meeting annually to share their expertise and to support each other in the common goal of establishing and improving programs of lay ministry formation throughout the United States. Today, the original vision has expanded to include lay ministers serving parishes, diocesan offices, higher education, healthcare, and prisons throughout the U.S. and world.

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