Lay Minister Stories

People involved in lay ministry come from all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life. Learn about their inspiring stories. MORE

The Co-Workers Document

Read more about the resource from the U.S. bishops which has helped direct the growth of Catholic lay ecclesial ministry. MORE

What is Lay Ecclesial Ministry?

It is a term that designates Catholic lay women and men who are professional, authorized ministers acting in the name of the church. MORE

Lay Ministry Resources

Take a look at our growing collection of books, articles, and other resources for Catholic lay ministry. MORE

About Co-Workers

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord is a 2005 resource produced in English and Spanish by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to assist those who are responsible for guiding the development of lay ecclesial ministry in the United States.  This website is designed to provide a rich diversity of helpful information and inspiration for lay ministers, those discerning a call, as well as for dioceses, religious communities, and other organizations.

  • Formation Directory

    Are you considering becoming a professional lay minister in the Catholic Church? Learn about the ways you can receive academic, spiritual and ministerial training in our Formation Directory.



  • Resources

    The vision of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project is for a more fully collaborative, competent, and mission-focused pastoral leadership, strengthened in their service to parish communities at all levels.