Why Lay Ecclesial Ministry?
- 1 SJC’s Lay Ecclesial program is an opportunity for those who already hold a bachelor's degree and are enrolled in the Diocese of Lafayette’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry program to continue their education.
- 2 Lay ecclesial ministers are recognized throughout dioceses in Indiana.
- 3 The program allows deputization of laity by the bishop to serve in ministry for the diocese.
Careers in Lay Ecclesial Ministry
- Religious Education Teachers
- Religion Education Directors
- Pastoral Ministers
- Music Ministers
- Eucharistic Ministers
Why Study Lay Ecclesial Ministry at Saint Joseph’s College?
In order to ensure that our students are prepared for the religious occupation of their choice, SJC’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry program consists of professional and pastoral skills workshops and courses in theology and biblical studies. Students study Christology, the New Testament, the Old Testament, the Trinity, liturgy, sacraments, and more. Professional workshops include ELM 104: Communication, ELM 204: Ministry, ELM 303: Law, and ELM 403: Leadership.
In addition to SJC, Lay Ecclesial Ministry courses and workshops are held at other sites in the dioceses, including Kokomo, Muncie, Lafayette, and Carmel, Ind.
Who Should Study Lay Ecclesial Ministry?
SJC’s BA in Lay Ecclesial Ministry is for nontraditional students. The program is designed for students enrolled in the Diocese of Lafayette’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry program who already hold a bachelor’s degree but wish to continue their education.
Incoming freshmen will likely find a better fit with our Religion and Philosophy major.
Dedication to Excellence
While SJC oversees and supplies the academic coursework for the program, SJC’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry program is sponsored by the Diocese of Lafayette. The program is accredited by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and lay ecclesial ministers are recognized throughout dioceses in Indiana.
Those wishing to pursue a degree in Lay Ecclesial Ministry at SJC must apply. In addition to an interview, the application process in comprised of three steps:
Please send all documents to:
Pastoral Office for Catechesis
Catholic Pastoral Center
2300 S 9th St
Lafayette, IN 47909-2400