Cardinal: Lay ministers co-workers in evangelization mission of church

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June 9, 2015

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives the keynote address June 7 during the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit in St. Louis. The summit precedes the annual spring meeting of the U .S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, held this year in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See story to come.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives the keynote address June 7 during the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit in St. Louis. The summit precedes the annual spring meeting of the U .S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, held this year in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — As the role of the laity in the Catholic Church expands, lay ministers have a co-responsibility with their ordained counterparts in furthering the church’s mission of evangelization, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

Cardinal DiNardo was the opening speaker at the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit June 7-8 in St. Louis. About 120 bishops and pastoral leaders reflected on “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord,” the bishops’ statement on lay ecclesial ministry released 10 years ago. They also discussed the current landscape of lay ministry and what the future holds.

The summit, held just prior to the bishops’ annual spring general assembly June 10-12 in St. Louis, was sponsored by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, with the support of the Committee on Doctrine.

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