The diocesan Ministry Formation Program (MFP) exists to assist in the personal formation of adult Catholics in their relationship with Christ and to develop deeply spiritual, professional, and competent lay ministers for the Church.
The Program begins with two foundational years which will introduce participants to, and help them prepare for, a variety of lay ministries in the Church. These two years include a stimulating academic curriculum, competency-based learning goals, and strong ministerial skills development. Advanced certification may then be obtained through subsequent specialization tracks.
Single courses may be taken to meet personal goals, but those candidates for diocesan certification in ministry are required to complete all courses in a given track. Qualified applicants from other dioceses are welcome to enroll in this training.
The program meets the standards and Competency-based goals for parish ministry as established by the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, National Association for Lay Ministry, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. It is approved by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
For more information contact Marianne Agnoli, Lay Ministry Formation Coordinator,
at 563-888-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program applications are taken year round. Links to the Information packet and forms are listed at the bottom of this page.
Participants have two format options to choose from:
On-site format participants meet at the chancery one Saturday per month. Each session is taught by a qualified instructor and includes small group formation activites.
Video format participants view, via YouTube or DVD, the recording of the On-site instructor session and then meet once a month with their group for facilitator led small group formation activities. Each group determines their meeting schedule. Currently, there are two groups. One meets in Oskaloosa and one in Iowa City. Locations may be added or changed depending upon numbers and geographic location of participants.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining a Ministry Formation Program, please contact Marianne Agnoli at 563-888-4244 email@example.com or
Barb Butterworth 563-888-4240 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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