Lay Ministry

Serving the Church


If opportunities to do God’s work were confined only to those ordained or vowed to a religious community, the laity would quickly become an uninvolved class of spectators. According to the documents of the second Vatican Council, all the baptized are called to do God’s work in service to each other. Opportunities for professional and volunteer lay ministry abound in today’s church.


For more information on how you might deepen your knowledge of church ministry, or serve the Diocese of Rochester in the area of lay ecclesial ministry, contact:


Director of Admissions and Certification
St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
120 French Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618


Read more: Pope Paul VI's Decree on the Apostolate of Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem