Kellie Deming to Head Lay Ministry Program for Diocese
SAGINAW — On May 19, Kellie Deming, former director of religious education at St. Anthony/St. Joseph Parish in Auburn, began overseeing the diocese’s Lay Ministry Program.
"It is a blessing that Kellie is herself a lay minister,” said Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry of the Diocese of Saginaw. “Kellie knows the program from the inside out. With her years of experience as a director of religious education, and her gift of being able to accompany people in a pastoral way, I believe Kellie will flourish in her new role."
There are currently more than 380 lay ministers actively involved in service across the Diocese of Saginaw. The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization.
Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based lay ministry or missioned by him as a “Christian in the World.”
The Church's need for committed and well-formed lay people was highlighted by Pope Emeritus Benedict in the last year of his pontificate, when he emphasized that the laity should be considered "persons truly 'co-responsible' for the being and activity of the Church." Before he was elected pope, the future Pope Francis stated that the lay faithful are called “to be a leaven of the love of God in society itself, to create and sow hope, to proclaim the faith …”
Formation for the lay ministry program takes place at the diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St. in Saginaw. Applications are currently being accepted for the next class, set to begin in September, 2014. Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call 989-797-6609.