Lay Ministry Formation
Office of Lay Ministry Formation

The Risen Lord calls everyone to labor in his vineyard, that is, in a world that must be transformed in view of the final coming of the Reign of God; and the Holy Spirit empowers all with the various gifts and ministries for the building up of the Body of Christ.

United States Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, 7.

In the words of Pope Francis, the Office of Lay Ministry Formation, seeks to foster “a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the laity in the Church,” which is widely regarded to be one of the great fruits of the Second Vatican Council. Our ministry includes:

  • preparation of  the laity for service and leadership in a variety of parish ministries through The Kateri Institute for Lay Ministry Formation and through collaboration with other diocesan offices
  • providing for the initial formation of faith formation/youth ministry leaders
  • sponsoring the annual Autumn Diocesan Gathering – a time for all the laity, especially those engaged in ministry, to gather with the Bishop for prayer, learning, and sharing
  • providing diocesan PreCana, a full day  preparation program for engaged couples to marry in the Catholic Church
  • serving as a resource to parishes and vicariates in all areas related to the Sacrament of Marriage and family life
  • coordinating the annual Marriage Jubilee Liturgy
  • serving as a resource to parishes and vicariates to further  the ministerial presence of the Catholic Church with and to persons who are separated or divorced
  • coordinating  resources and  acting as the diocesan liaison to the USCCB on Natural Family Planning
  • collaborating to further the ministerial presence of the Catholic Church with and to LGBTQ persons

The Office of Lay Ministry Formation is located on the second floor of the North Building of the Pastoral Center. Please contact us at 518-453-6670 or 518-453-6644 or at the email addresses below:

Director: David Amico
  Associate Director: Mary Fay
Administrative Assistant: Eleanor  (Nel) Brickett
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Alicea
Secretary/Bookkeeper: JoAnn Garrison