There is a new intake for Lay Ministry trainees which will commence in early September. If you are interested please contact Jack.

When will it be? – Saturday 4th September, 10:00am – 12:30pm.

Where? – Due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions this meeting will most likely be via Zoom.

Who is it for? – Those who are considered suitable for commissioned Lay Ministry either at a local parochial level or at a wider diocesan level.

What is involved? – Candidates for Diocesan Lay Ministry are expected to undertake a multi module academic distance learning course through the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and accredited by Trinity College Dublin. In addition, they will undertake parish placements and have a number  of practical assignments which will be organised at a diocesan level. Candidates for Parish Readership are also expected to undertake a distance learning course (with less modules) as well as occasional day courses of a more practical nature. In addition, all candidates should be afforded opportunities to be actively involved in the areas of ministry for which they are training under your supervision.

What costs are involved? – The cost of both courses will be borne in three parts; by the diocese, the sponsoring parish and the candidate. The projected cost of the Diocesan Lay Ministry course is €2,100 in total (€700 each from dioceses, parish and candidate) and approximately €750 in total (€250 each from dioceses, parish and candidate) for Parish Readership.

How long will it take? – Diocesan Lay Ministry course takes 18 months (1 year academic study and 6 months of practical workshops and placements) and the Parish Readership course can be completed in approximately 15 months.