The Ministry Of Pastoral Associate
The Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry provides a certification process for pastoral associates in accordance with an Executory Decree issued by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on May 30, 1993.
The rationale behind pastoral associate certification -
To enhance the value of collaboration in the church by affirming the interdependence of distinct ministerial roles.
- To establish greater credibility, continuity and accountability for the role of pastoral associates by clarifying the specific status of and standards for that role.
- To increase the likelihood of effective ministry by advocating both competence and job security for the role of pastoral associate.
- To be both just and realistic, by dealing equitably with ministers in various roles and creating procedures to acknowledge prior education and experience.