Lay Ecclesial Ministry | Diocese of Lansing

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Ministry Formation Bulletin


Lay Ministry Certification

Benefits of Certification

Siena Heights University's, in partnership with the Diocese of Lansing offers a 36 credit hour program in theological studies specifically designed for the lay man or woman interested in working in church ministry or the lay man interested in pursuing the diaconate.

Additional information is available on the Siena Heights University website.  Contact Deb Amato (517.342.2512) or Siena Height Lansing Campus (517.264.7690) if you have questions or are interested in this program.

2016 Revised Registration process and Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule revised 2016

Diocesan Tuition Payment Form


Mission Statement: The Augustine Institute serves the formation of Catholics for the New Evangelization. Through our academic and parish programs, we equip Catholics intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally to renew the Church and transform the world for Christ. 

The Diocese of Lansing partners with the Augustine Institute to provide graduate degree program for lay ministers and deacon candidates.  This is a distance learning program that is live, immersive and fully interactive.  Students are able to interact with faculty, advisors and fellow students using real-time, two-way communication.

For more information check their web site: or call Deb Amato.

News and information

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Evangelization and Lay Formation

Department Chair
Lay Ministry Formation
Deborah Amato

Multicultural Ministry
Hospital Ministry
Ron Landfair

Lay Ecclesial Certification
Patrick Rinker

High School & Middle School Ministry
Brian Flynn

Coordinator of Outreach Ministries
Persons with Disabilities
Council on Aging
Listening Ministries
Women's Ministries
Margaret Grima

Administrative Assistant
Diane Arzberger

Administrative Assistant
Anne Rivet

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry
Rose Smith


Hispanic Ministry
To Be Filled in 2016 

Restorative Justice
Young Adult Ministry
Campus Ministry
Interim Director: Deb Amato

Youth Ministry