5.9.6.1 Competency and Eligibility for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

1. Eligibility to serve as a lay ecclesial minister in the Diocese of Lansing and its parishes, schools and other units requires that a person:

   a. be fully initiated or received into the Catholic Church, a lay member of the Christian faithful;

   b. be in unimpaired communion with the Catholic Church and live a life in harmony with Catholic moral teachings; [1] and

   c. be in compliance with all norms treated in #2.1.1 Norms to Protect the Good of Persons and the Common Good.

2. A lay ecclesial minister must possess the appropriate human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation, qualities and competencies required to properly fulfill the service or function. [2]



[1] cc. 842§1, 204, 205, 209 §1. In particular, they must remain in full communion through the bonds of the profession of faith, the sacraments and ecclesiastical governance.

[2] USCCB, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005), p. 34 [format altered from original].


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor