Lay Ecclesial Ministry Symposium

The planning meeting began in Collegeville yesterday for the 2011 national symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Present are Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Bishop Blase Cupich, and Bishop Michael Hoeppner. Co-sponsoring organizations sending representatives are the Bernardin Center, Canon Law Society of America, Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, Center for Ministry Development, Federacion de Institutes Pastorales, Illuminare, Instituto Fe y Vida, Minnesota Catholic Education Association, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, National Catholic Education Association, Ministry Training Source, National Association for Lay Ministry/Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, National Association of Diaconate Directors, National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, National Federation of Priests’ Councils, National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Leadership Roundtable of Church Management, Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center, Tekakwitha Conference, USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation, diocesan representatives from every diocese in Minnesota, participants in the Collegeville Ministry Seminar II, Aquinas Institute, College of Saint Scholastica, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Saint Mary’s in Winona, Boston College, Berkeley Jesuit School of Theology, Loyala University New Orleans, Loyala Marymount University, Saint Catherine’s University, University of Dayton, Villanova University, Washington Theological Union, and representatives of Saint John’s Abbey and University School of Theology•Seminary.

The first national symposium on “lay ecclesial ministry” was held in Collegeville in 2007 – see a report on it here.

The conference began yesterday with the following prayer which was said by the participants of Vatican II at the beginning of each session.

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom;
support us by your power;
for you are God,
sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name,
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you,
and earn the reward promised
to good and faithful servants.

You live and reign with the Father and the Son,
on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

One comment

  1. Every gathering I’ve been to on this topic has fascinated me … mostly in the inability of anyone in hierarchical positions of authority to state that laity really ought to have concrete, systemic empowerment, and that actual, enforceable parameters in accountability need to be in place (see “Co-Workers in the Vineyard” on the matter of economic justice in the ecclesial workplace). There still seems to be much resistance to a real rubber-hitting-the-road manifestation of the Church being the whole Body of Christ, all the baptized.
    *Tangentially, the conclusion of the VII prayer has always seemed a bit Pelagian to me, what with the decisions that please the Holy Spirit and “earn” us our reward. But it would be nice if the rest of it – especially bits like “not being corrupted by fear or favor” would truly guide our lives.
    Blessings on the Ecclesial Ministry Symposium!

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