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LPMI: Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute

WHAT IS THE LPMI? The Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute (LPMI) of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is a four-year program for lay leadership formation consisting of an informal Year of Discernment, and three years of formational training. Upon the completion of these four years, the Institute offers a certificate in foundational pastoral ministry leadership and participants are formally commissioned to service by the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg during an evening prayer service. The LPMI is built upon the principles put forward by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the document “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry.” 

The Year of Discernment segment of the Institute is designed to accommodate men and women of the diocese involved in or interested in being selected for ecclesial ministry. The Year of Discernment or a documented equivalent is a requirement for acceptance into the three-year formal program.

The goal of the Year of Discernment is to identify persons with leadership capabilities interested in and able to pursue the more intense three-year element of the Institute. A secondary goal is to create in adults of the diocese an interest in and a desire for on-going faith formation.

The Year of Discernment consists of seven all-day Saturday sessions (one per month September through March) and one Day of Reflection in April. The Day of Reflection is a requirement for continuance in the Institute.

Year of Discernment


For more information, contact the LPMI office at 727-344-1611, ext. 5458


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