The Diocese of San Jose is blessed to have many dedicated, competent men and women who have been entrusted with roles that entail ministerial leadership and coordination within parishes, hospitals, schools, church organizations, and diocesan offices. This particular expression of lay activity in our Church is called “lay ecclesial ministry.” Lay ecclesial ministry is a way of serving the mission of Christ that

  1. flows from baptism and the gifts of the Spirit,
  2. involves a commitment and responsibility for ecclesial leadership, and
  3. requires appropriate formation and authorization to collaborate with the ordained in their work of pastoring the People of God