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Brisbane program aiming to empower laity

The Archdiocese of Brisbane is trialling a new program to empower parishioners to take a greater role in ministry.

The Catholic Leader reports that the program, tentatively titled Serving God's People with Gladness, is a joint initiative of the archdiocese's Office for Lay Pastoral Ministry and Brisbane Catholic Education's Faith Education Services, being trialled at both parish and deanery levels

Office for Lay Pastoral Ministry director Sr Anne Surtees OSU said the program is being developed in response to the changing needs and demands of leadership in parishes.

Archbishop John Bathersby also referred to the need for such a program in his promulgation of the priorities from Synod 2003.

The program will be nationally accredited and will have two levels - Certificate 3 for people wanting to become more involved in the life of the parish and Certificate 4 for those preparing for leadership roles in areas such as sacramental and Rite of Christian Initation of Adults (RCIA) programs and ministry to the sick.

Sr Surtees said the aim was to offer parishioners a foundation for lay ministry.

The program would be offered in regions and in deaneries.

Beaudesert, one of the sites for the trial, has several communities in surrounding rural and mountain areas. 20 people attended its first session recently.

Its second session this Saturday will follow Friday's first session at Capalaba.

It is hoped the Certificate 3 program will be available throughout the archdiocese next year.

Empowering laity (Catholic Leader 11/4/04)

Archdiocese of Brisbane - Church Life and Mission

13 Apr 2004