“All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world. Most do this by working in the secular realm; some do this by working in the Church and focusing on the building of ecclesial communion, which has among its purposes the transformation of the world.” (USCCB, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord , p. 8)
The Office of Evangelization and Discipleship seeks to assist parishes, campus ministries, and schools in accompanying the baptized in their response to God’s call to be missionary disciples, specifically assisting those who have discerned a call to lay ministry and leadership in the Catholic Church. Equipping lay ecclesial ministers and ministry volunteers with a comprehensive, ongoing formation—one that embraces the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral/missionary dimensions—helps advance the mission of evangelization and catechesis in the archdiocese.
OED provides formation guidance and opportunities for ministerial leaders and catechists committed to service in parishes and campuses throughout the archdiocese, particularly through the following: certification guidelines; partnerships with the University of Dayton, University of Dallas’ Institute for Ministry and Evangelization, and Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Catechetical Institute; Professional Ministry Development resources developed in-house; and other initiatives such as catechist conferences and ministry leader events (e.g., RCIA Open Forum, PCL orientations, etc.).
We are here to serve you and help you advance missionary discipleship and build strong domestic churches in your community!
Please contact us so we can assist you in this journey.