Application Process

Dear Applicant for Ministry Formation, 


First of all, thank you for your interest in and openness to this new 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. 

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 the following steps - forms and additional instructions are included here:  Application Packet

  1. Application Form  – Due August 15, 2015 for September starting group (New groups can start 2-3 times each year); 
  2. Letter of Intent (allows you to tell us about yourself and your interest); 
  3. Recommendations (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 Interview – you will be called to arrange this once your application is complete (visit with a member of Ministry Formation Core Design 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 (enclosed application, and training info at:; 
  7. Ministry Formation Learning Agreement (to bring with you for interview – this includes summary of all components for the Diocesan Certificate in Lay Ministry, as well as the financial commitment involved.) 

Be sure to also consult the tentative calendar for 2015-2016 shown in this website. 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. 

Peace,                                                                                                                                              Catherine Butel                                                                                                                                     Diocesan Secretary for Parish Life

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