The Lay Ministry Program

It is lay women and men, placing their gifts at the service of others, who will be God’s primary instruments in renewing the earth by their leadership and faithfulness in the community.

– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Communities of Salt and Light, 1993)


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The Lay Ministry Program is currently on a brief hiatus.

The decision has been made by the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis – and supported by her team in the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis – that the Lay Ministry Program is in need of an analysis and renovation for its next iteration. This ministry is vital to the empowerment of the laity as well as to the well-being of parish priests. That is why it is crucial that we – as a staff, as lay ministers/leaders, and as an Archdiocesan family of faith – critically examine our formation program and revitalize it to be life-giving and vibrant in service to the laity who in turn will serve.

The Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation is currently taking the time to do comprehensive research on lay ecclesial ministry formation programs throughout the country, and will also be speaking to alumni of our program, as well as current students, to determine what is successful and what areas of growth need to be addressed.


The Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis looks forward to collaborating with the lay leaders of the Archdiocese to build a program of formation which best prepares lay leaders to serve our great Church in Hartford.

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All questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to:
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
860.242.5573 x2677
Nicole.perone@aohct.org