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Priestly Formation in Collaboration with the Laity

The NALM Board, on behalf of the Advocacy Committee, has approved the document: Priestly Formation in Collaboration with the Laity. 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.

This document is in response to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy new general directives for all Bishop’s conferences around the world regarding seminarian formation, from The Gift of the Priestly Vocation. We at the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) have just completed a serious study of these general directives from a lay ministry perspective.

NALM's document references thirty-two passages in the Vatican document indicating that seminarian formation is to include significant collaboration with the laity.

NALM did this work not only as a service for its own members, but also as a service for all individuals, associations and groups committed to lay ministry, and seminarians and their formators. It hopes that its research will bring an additional spark of supportive energy to all. Since NALM’s report raises as many questions as it answers, it certainly will “foster discussion with in-depth reflections on the intersections of lay ministry formation and priestly formation” (from the Introduction to NALM’s 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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