Ongoing formation for lay ministers


Thank you for your ministry as a lay ecclesial minister in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Because your work is so important, our archdiocese has invested heavily in providing the following formation opportunities listed under the headings below. Should you have any questions about a specific offering, feel free to get in touch with the contact listed.

“The harvest is ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

~ Matthew 9:37-38


Responding to Archbishop Etienne’s call to revitalize the crucial role of lay ministers in the Church, the Archdiocese of Seattle calls forth qualified candidates, assisting them in their discernment, providing human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, and supporting them with continuing formation.

Lay minister convocation

Join us for Co-Workers in the Vineyard to talk about the importance of lay ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle and how it dovetails into Partners in the Gospel. All lay ministers are highly encouraged to attend this gathering. Mass will be offered, followed by talks, food, and fellowship. There is no cost, but space is limited.

“Ongoing formation which strengthens ministerial identity as well as enhancing ministerial skills, is not a luxury to be pursued when time and resources allow, but is rather a permanent necessity for every ecclesial minister, lay or ordained.”

~ Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, USCCB

Questions about lay ecclesial ministry?  Contact Deacon Eric Paige via email or call 206-382-4864.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

~ St. Catherine of Siena