Track A: Lay Ministry Certification
The goal of this track is to provide recognition for compliance with professional ministry standards which include personal, theological and professional competence in a particular area of ministry. The areas of diocesan certification are:
    1. Catechetical Ministry with an area of specialization in one of the following:
        a. Parish Catechetical Leader
        b. Youth Ministry Leader
            This training provides excellent background for becoming certified at the Minnesota state level,
            through the MCEA Certification process.
   2. Liturgical Ministry with an area of specialization in music ministry.
   3. Pastoral Ministry with an area of specialization as a pastoral associate.

Track B: Permanent Diaconate
The goal of this track is to prepare a Catholic man for ordained ministry as a deacon within the Diocese of Crookston.

A - Certification                            B- Diaconate                    
intellectual formation                      intellectual formation
(theology)                                      (theology)

pastoral formation                          pastoral formation
spiritual formation                          spiritual formation
internship                                      human formation
development of a

Year 1 (2008-2009)
Foundational Theology
Hebrew Scriptures
Liturgical Proclamation Seminar
Human Growth Seminar I

Year 2 (2009-2010)
Introduction New Testament
Hermeneutics & Biblical Interpretation
Liturgical Presiding Seminar
Human Growth Seminar II

Year 3 (2010-2011)
Sacramental Theology/Christian 
Introduction to Synoptic Gospels
   & Johannine Literature

Year 4 (2011-2012)
Introduction to Moral Theology
Pauline Literature
Canon Law Seminar
Liturgical Presiding Seminar

Year 5 (2012-2013)
Catholic Social Teaching
The Prophets or Wisdom Literature
Catholic Sexual Ethics & Bioethics
Church History

Standard One: Personal and Spiritual Maturity
A lay ecclesial ministry demonstrates personal and spiritual maturity in ministry
with the People of God.

Standard Two: Lay Ecclesial Ministry Identity
A lay ecclesial minister identifies the call to formal and public ministry as a vocation rooted in baptism.

Standard Three: Catholic Theology
A lay ecclesial minister integrates knowledge of Catholic faith within ministry.

Standard Four: Pastoral Praxis
A lay ecclesial minister engages in pastoral activity that promotes evangelization, faith formation, community, and pastoral care with sensitivity to diverse situations.

Standard Five: Professional Practice
A lay ecclesial ministry provides effective leadership, administration, and service, in the spirit of collaboration.
(National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers NFCYM, NALM, NCCL, 2006)

Contact Deacon Dan Hannig for PLP application
and class information

Core Components

Youth Ministry

Faith Formation

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  1. To provide opportunity for ministerial formation through courses
      that meet the national certification standards and formation principles as 
      articulated by various Vatican documents and documents from the United
      States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  2. To provide guidance in discernment for program participants
  3. To provide culturally appropriate courses for Hispanic Catholics
  4. To provide quality theology courses that enable participants to qualify for
      diocesan certification, lay ecclesial ministry (LEM) state certification or
      ordination to the permanent diaconate.
  5. To provide an opportunity for the foundation and training for catechetical, 
      liturgical or parish ministry.
  6. To network with Catholic universities and colleges and other formation
       programs for academic resources, undergraduate credit and opportunity for continued formation.

PLP Weekends are at Mount St. Benedict

Mount St Benedict information for PLP Participants

Mount St. Benedict Website
Pastoral Leadership Program Information Contact: Deacon Dan Hannig, Director
                                                                        ph: 218-281-4533, ext. 409

The Pastoral Leadership Program of the Diocese of Crookston shall provide Catholic adults with the tools needed for leadership, ministry and service to their local parish and community.