Leaders of Prayer

A course of study by which lay persons are prepared and commissioned to serve their parishes by bringing Holy Communion to the sick, by conducting a prayer service on weekdays or on Sunday in the case of the unforeseen or unavoidable absence of a priest, and by leading parishioners in prayer at times of illness and death. The program is carried out over four weekends at several retreat facilities. Completion of the Lay Formation Institute is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Leaders of Prayer program. In addition, candidates must be sponsored by their parish pastor. The next Leader of Prayer program will be held beginning in summer 2017.

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This is a three-part course of study by which lay persons are prepared and commissioned to serve their parishes by bringing Holy Communion to the sick; conducting a Liturgy of the Word, possibly with distribution of Communion, on weekdays when a priest is unavailable (or on Sunday in an emergency); and by leading parishioners in prayer at times of illness or death.  In nursing homes or healthcare facilities, when no priest is available, they may also conduct a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest.

Completion of the Lay Formation Institute (formerly Lay Ministry) is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Leader of Prayer program.  In addition, candidates must be sponsored by their pastors. The fee is $500, which includes overnight accommodations, meals and books (the ritual books are expensive – the cost is proportionately reduced if the parish already has some of these available to the Leader of Prayer).