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Our readers asked:

What does it mean to be a minister in the Catholic Church?

Mike Hayes Answers:

The word “ministry” can be equated to mean the work that the church does in the world. Therefore anyone who does “ministry” is a minister. This includes priests, deacons, women religious, brothers and lay professionals (like youth ministers and campus ministers).

Usually all of these people hold a master’s degree in theology, divinity, pastoral ministry or religious education. Some are ordained or have made promises or vows to a religious community, while others are not and are merely employed by a particular parish or diocese or religious community.

Taking my own parish as an example we have an ordained priest who serves as the pastor, a religious sister who is the pastoral associate, 3 lay people who are the director of religious ed, the youth minister and the campus minister. We also employ a deacon part time to be a marriage and baptism minister. All of us are ministers together but only two (the priest and deacon are ordained).

The Author : Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes is the senior editor for the Googling God section at BustedHalo.com.
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  • kapros

    can a lay professional start their own ministry who has a calling to serve the Lord?

  • Archbishop +Sergius

    “Women religious.” So…there are “Women non-religious?” Such as whom? St, Mary of Egypt? Saint Mary the Mother of God? Saint Mary of Magdala? Similar others? By the way, Jesus did not institute monasteries and convents. Did He overlook something or get it wrong?

    Also, the word “catholic” is an adjective, not a noun. And there are more than a few confessions that are “catholic.”

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