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Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry at the Archdiocese of San Antonio


What a gift it is to receive formation for ministry!

Lay ecclesial ministers, just like the ordained, need and deserve formation of high standards, effective methods, and comprehensive goals. (USCCB, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord)


The Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry provides an integral well-rounded pastoral formation to the lay faithful who, moved by the Holy Spirit, want to follow Christ through service in the lay pastoral ministry of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the global Church. The Academy will form lay leaders called to serve in Catechetical Ministry, Liturgical Ministry, Marriage and Family Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Pastoral Care.

The Certification Process and Formation Program of the Archdiocese of San Antonio provides the basic theological understandings, spiritual formation and ministerial methodology necessary for those who are appointed by their pastors to accompany adults, youth or children.


The Academy promotes formation for volunteer and professional lay ministers as follows: 

Certification Formation Programs

Youth Ministry Certification

Certification Renewal

Online Certification Courses

Catholic School Teacher Certification

Catechist Certification


Ministerial Formation

Liturgical Ministry Training

Hospital Ministry Training

Hispanic Choirs

Criminal Justice Ministry Training

RCIA Training

Catholic Social Teaching

Marriage & Family Ministries Training


Financial Assistance*

Vacation Bible School

Lay Ministry Formation Fund

Textbooks for Parish Religious Education Programs


*FUNDING AWARDED BASED ON NEED.




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