Commissioning for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

1. Intermediate (Level IV) Certification through the Combined Ministries Certification Process of the Diocese of Lansing is required before a lay member of the Christian faithful can seek commissioning.

The norms of #2.2.4 Ministry Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers are to be observed. [1]

2. Commissioning is a free act of the diocesan bishop by which he publicly receives the intention of a lay member of the Christian faithful to be devoted to a service or function (munus) within the Diocese of Lansing under his authority and that of his pastors.

    He expressly associates the person to the mission of the local Church which he shepherds without prejudice to the lawful authority of the pastors and that of the particular competent authority under whom the person will serve.

3. Commissioning does not change the canonical status of a person in any way, promise employment in the Church, create the right to remuneration from the Church (cc. 231 §2 and 1286) or confer ecclesiastical office (cc. 145 - 195).

4. Commissioned lay ecclesial ministers are entitled to be identified by themselves and others as such, to wear and use the insignia created for them by the diocese, and to be listed as such in an official roster to be maintained by the Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry.

5. Once commissioned for the Diocese of Lansing, lay ecclesial ministers continue to possess that designation provided they:

   a. continue to be eligible according to # Competency and Eligibility for Lay Ecclesial Ministry;

   b. maintain certification according to #2.2.4 Ministry Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers; (The Ministry Certification Manual of the Diocese of Lansing describes on-going formation requirements and certification renewal.)

   c. continue to exercise ministry under a competent ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese of Lansing;


   d. do not lose it.

6. However, this designation and the entitlements in number 4 above cease in the following circumstances.

   a. The person, for reasons other than age or health, expresses the intention to cease ecclesial ministry or ceases it in fact.

   b. The person departs a service or function in the diocese in order to minister in another diocese or in an institution not connected with the Diocese of Lansing.

   c. The person loses the eligibility of # Competency and Eligibility for Lay Ecclesial Ministry.

   d. The person fails to renew the ministry certification of #2.2.4 Ministry Certification for Lay Ecclesial ministers. [2]

   e. The diocesan bishop revokes the designation for some other just cause (iusta causa). [3]

7. The Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry is responsible:

   a. to maintain the roster of commissioned lay ecclesial ministers in the diocese;

   b. to inform the diocesan bishop when a person loses eligibility or fails to renew ministry certification; and

   c. after consultation with the chancellor, to notify pastors and / or any other responsible persons when a person receives or loses the designation as a commissioned lay ecclesial minister.

8. Any petition to restore this designation is directed to the diocesan bishop in writing.

[1] Diocese of Lansing, Ministry Certification Manual: Standards and Procedures for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, September 2008, 2nd ed; Approval for Certification Standards was given October 28, 2008 by USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation. It will expire in 2015.

[2] The Diocese of Lansing Ministry Certification Manual describes on-going formation requirements and certification renewal.

[3] Since the designation arises from commissioning, a free act of the Bishop to provide for the good of the Church, he may freely withdraw it for a just cause.

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor