Application Process

 Dear Applicant for Ministry Formation, 


First of all, thank you for your interest in and openness to this formation opportunity. We trust that this will be a grace-filled new step in your own faith development, as well as a generous gift of benefit to the whole Church of Scranton. 

It is important that you have adequate information to assist you in discerning God’s call for you into ministry. We recognize that some applicants will bring years of experience in certain aspects of parish ministry, and others will be just beginning. For this reason, the application process includes these steps: 

1. Application Packet (click here) – Due August 15 for the September starting group, or December 15 for the January starting group, with items #2 and #3 listed here; 

2. Letter of Intent (allows you to tell us about yourself and your interest); 

3. Recommendations (from three persons– at least one from your pastor or a priest/pastoral minister who knows you well); 

4. Readiness for Ministry (self-assessment, just for your own review); 

5. Initial Review – you will be called once your application is complete (Visit with a member of our Ministry Formation Team, to discuss your application, any of your questions about the process, and to review your plan of study – a chance also to present formation experiences you have already completed in recent years); 

6. Background Check and Safe Environment Training (application in packet), and additional information at:; 

7. Ministry Formation Learning Agreement (to bring with you to Orientation – this includes summary of all components for the Diocesan Certificate in Lay Ministry, as well as the financial commitment involved.) 

Also enclosed shown on this website is a tentative calendar for the first year. The “course cycles” refer to the online courses taken through the University of Dayton. We recommend that you visit the website for the Virtual Learning Community ( and view the video: Overview of Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. While an accelerated two year process is possible for some, we expect most participants to pursue this Certificate across a full three-year process. There are many timing options, so be assured that we can work with your particular needs and interests. 

Please feel free to call with questions or needs (570-207-2213). Please also share this information with others you believe will be interested in Formation for Servant Leadership: Growing in Faith Together. The full program description and all application materials can be accessed:

Peace and good, 

Kitty MacLean - Coordinator for Lay Ministry Formation, Office for Parish Life

© Diocese of Scranton Office for Parish Life 2015