Bishop John Noonan to Commission Sixteen Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Sixteen men and women, representing 11 different parishes, have successfully completed the three-year Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program at San Pedro Center. Bishop John Noonan will commission them for public service in their parish at the 2011 Lay Ecclesial Ministry Commissioning Mass, at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, June 4, 2010, at 12:30 pm.

Sixteen men and women, representing 11 different parishes, have successfully completed the three-year Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program at San Pedro Center. Bishop John Noonan will commission them for public service in their parish at the 2011 Lay Ecclesial Ministry Commissioning Mass, at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, June 4, 2010, at 12:30 pm.

The Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program prepares women and men to be lay leaders in their parishes. The Program is directed by San Pedro staff members and a formation team of ordained and lay facilitators, supervisors and instructors, who plan and facilitate the once a month, week-end program. The sixteen new ministers began their three-year commitment with a discernment of their call to lay ministry as a way of living out their baptismal call to discipleship. They participated in a curriculum offering foundational courses in Scripture, Liturgy, Ecclesiology, Sacraments and Church leadership skills, and engaged in human, pastoral and spiritual formational experiences. 

The sixteen new lay ecclesial ministers were each recommended by their pastor. They were supported and evaluated in an on-going process by their pastor and a parish mentor over the course of the three years, demonstrating the strong parish and diocesan commitment to the development of the laity in the Diocese of Orlando. 51 men and women are currently registered in the Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program. Since 1981, 351 men and women have been commissioned for this ecclesial service in the Diocese of Orlando.  In response to the growth of the Hispanic community in the Diocese of Orlando, the program course work is now being offered in Spanish.  Fourteen men and women, representing eight parishes from the Central and Northern Deaneries, are currently enrolled in the Spanish-language program.  

The following men and women will be commissioned on June 4th: 

Rafael Alameda, St. Catherine of Siena, Kissimmee;  Jean Bagga,  Good Shepherd, Orlando; Leslie Canal, Nativity, Longwood;  Jack & Betsy Corcoran, John & Cathy Miller,  Ascension, Melbourne; Meg Cox,  Divine Mercy, Merritt Island;  Sebastian & Theresa DeMarco,  St. Mark of the Evangelist, Summerfield;  David Engasser, Wendell Outen, St. Margaret Mary, Winter Park;   Donald McElvain, St. Mary Magdalen, Altamonte Springs;  Earlene Mohr, St. Charles Borromeo; and Debra Pruett,  St. Mary, Rockledge. 

Special Recognition:

Matthew Roy, Holy Name of Jesus, Indialantic.