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Lay Ministry in the 21st Century

Lay Ministry in the 21st Century

Author: Patricia Lynch

Lay Ministry in the 21st Century is the result of the author’s experience of over twenty-five years working as a non-stipendiary lay pastoral minister in a Roman Catholic parish in England and six years of research into the experiences of fifteen other lay pastoral ministers from different parishes in England and Wales, culminating in the presentation of a thesis on the subject for the degree of Master in Philosophy which was awarded by the University of Liverpool in 2012.

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Dimensions: 22.7x15x1.1
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Within the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales

This book is the result of the author’s experience of over twenty-five years working as a non-stipendiary lay pastoral minister in a Roman Catholic parish in England and six years of research into the experiences of fifteen other lay pastoral ministers from different parishes in England and Wales, culminating in the presentation of a thesis on the subject for the degree of Master in Philosophy which was awarded by the University of Liverpool in 2012.

In the early 1980s when the author began her ministry, she knew of no-one in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in similar roles, nor had she read any literature that might have been available at that time. The invitation to serve in this way did not come from an ordained minister, rather it grew from her circumstances and that of the worshipping community she belonged to.

Having embarked on this service it developed over the years in collaboration with fellow parishioners and three very different Parish Priests, each very supportive in their inimitable ways. Having met and talked to other lay ministers the author felt that there was a great need to explore this role which is developing in the Church in England and Wales.

The incidence of lay women and men authorised by their bishop and parish communities, with titles and usually paid is a phenomenon which has arisen since the end of the Second Vatican Council. This book is an investigation of the theology underpinning the role compared with the findings of research into the experiences of fifteen Lay Ministers employed in parishes in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. The purpose is to invite discussion by comparing the theory with practice in order to suggest ways forward as regards recruitment, formation, and support for Lay Ministers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pat Lynch married in 1960 and has four children and seven grandchildren. She has worked as a Lay Minister in her parish in England for twenty-five years and has experience in building parish community, faith formation, justice and peace and local ecumenism. She graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans as a Master of Pastoral Studies in 2005 and then spent six years as a part time research student at Liverpool Hope University, researching Lay Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales in the 21st century for which she was awarded a Master in Philosophy degree by the University of Liverpool in 2012. 

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