Office of Pastoral Ministry

The Office of Pastoral Ministry provides programs, initiatives, and resources which support the initial and ongoing formation of the laity in living out their baptismal call to ministry in the local Church. The Office provides opportunities for enriching one's knowledge and understanding of Catholic tradition, growth in the spiritual life, and development of skills necessary for lay ministry, and for effective leadership in ministry.


Pastoral Ministry Program

Indeed, everyone should painstakingly ready himself or herself personally for the apostolate, especially as an adult.  For the advance of age brings with it better self-knowledge, thus enabling each person to evaluate more accurately the talents with which God has enriched each soul and to exercise more effectively those charismatics gifts which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on all for the good of others (30).

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Vatican II


In the last fifteen years many of the lay faithful have moved beyond the learning laboratories of ordinary life to more systematic education in theology, Scripture, spiritual life, religious studies, and spiritual direction.  This development has been beneficial to growing numbers of lay women and men who, in turn, have helped the whole Church understand and communicate the truths of our faith in new ways.

Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium
Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the 30th
Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
and the 15th Anniversary of Called and Gifted.






Core courses


THEO 4023 Theology & Methods of Ministry (3 credits)

Tuesdays, August 22-December 5, 7-10 PM, Instructor: Harry Kocurek


THEO 2023 Theology of Church (3 credits)

Thursdays, August 24-December 7, 7-10 PM, Instructor: John Warren




THEO 4883 The Prophets (3 credits)

Mondays, August 21-December 4, 7-10 PM, Instructor: Jim Smith


*For full descriptions of courses, please refer to "Schedule" tab.



Parish Faith and Ministry Formation Series

 A series of occasional programs offered to members of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for adult faith formation and formation for ministry.


Parish Office Staff In-service, Third Thursdays, 10:00 AM - Noon

Each month from October through April, on the Third Thursday, an in-service program is offered from 10:00 AM - Noon, for parish office staff members.


         These sessions will be available at the Catholic Pastoral Center, Oklahoma City and one or more of theses locations of the Archdiocese:   Prince of Peace, Altus; St. Mary's in Ardmore; St. Mary, Clinton; St. Francis Xavier, Enid; St. Peter, Guymon; Holy Family, Lawton; St. Peter, Woodward.

Please call or email to check on location availability and to respond with the number of persons attending: Becky Van Pool, Parish Outreach and Program Development, (405) 523-3009 or (800) 375-8514; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cecilia Grimes at (405) 721-4208 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This series is co-sponsored by the Parish Engagement Office, Catholic Charities; and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministry Office.



Personal Enrichment Theology courses

From time to time, resources for online, personal enrichment study in theology will be posted here.

STEP, Notre Dame's Satellite Theological Education Program,

VLCFF, Dayton University's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation,


National Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers


National certification is available to lay ecclesial ministers serving in the following roles:

  • Director of Worship
  • Parish Life Coordinator
  • Pastoral Associate
  • Director of Music Ministries
  • Parish Catechetical Leader
  • Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
  • Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Junenil Hispana

For more information click on the Links button then National Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers


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