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February 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few…” -Luke 10:2

As the Diocesan Synod called for, the Diocese of Burlington is seeking to continue inspiring and equipping lay men and women for leadership positions in their parishes.    Under the umbrella of the Diocesan Institute for Missionary Discipleship, the following four formation programs are being offered this year.  Applications for each will be accepted this Spring with the programs beginning next August/September.  For additional information, feel free to reach out to Dcn. Phil Lawson at plawson@vermontcatholic.org   

Diocesan Lay Formation Leadership Program: This program seeks to form laity to assist in leadership roles in their parishes. For example in serving as RCIA leaders, Catechists, Pre-Cana, leading evangelization efforts, facilitating adult formation, and helping build vibrant parishes, etc. Key to this formation is inspiring and equipping the laity to serve and evangelize their parishes and communities as missionary disciples. This is a 2 year program that meets one Saturday a month in person, with additional formation taking place via online courses.

Deacon Formation Program: Deacons are ordained to be permanent ministers in the Church. Deacons are ministers of the word, of sacrament and most of all ministers of charity. They have significant theological education, a deep spiritual life and are formed in pastoral ministry. They must have good human relations ability. The total time in formation is five years, two of which are in the Lay Leadership Formation Program, followed by three years of Diaconate Formation. Deacon Pete Gummere, Diaconate Director, will present additional information and take questions on the Permanent Diaconate.

Leader of Prayer Program: The Lay Leader of Prayer Formation Program seeks to raise up laity in our parishes who can prepare and lead appropriate forms of public prayer at the request of the pastor when clergy are otherwise unavailable.. The curriculum for the Lay Leader of Prayer Formation Program consists of 4 sessions which will serve to cover basic liturgical principals of leading communal prayer as well as an introduction to the various Rites of the Church that may be led by lay leaders: Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying, and Funeral Rites.

Pastoral Associate for Parish Life: This is a one-year formation program designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve their parishes as a Pastoral Associate, when it is not possible for the Bishop to appoint a full-time parish priest. This service will take the form of parish administration, pastoral care, pastoral counseling, finances, sacramental preparation, liturgical planning and assistance, human resources, and faith formation. This ensures that Christian life and the evangelizing mission of the community is continued.

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February 16, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Deacon Phil Lawson
802-658-6110 x1453