Update from The Leadership Institute


 To date, more than 1,100 people have attended the face-to-face workshops in more than a dozen parishes. There are 40 more meetings scheduled. If you have not scheduled a face-to-face session at your parish and would like to do so, please contact Patrick Donovan ( as soon as possible.

Formation for High School Students

 We are in the final stages of preparing the formation for those who serve as liturgical ministers and are not yet 18. This information will be sent to all liturgical ministry coordinators and campus ministers in the coming week. In most cases, this formation will supplement the good work already being offered to our students.

Homebound and Hospital Ministry

We have created a partnership with Liturgical Training Publications to offer The Catholic Handbook for Visiting the Sick and Homebound 2019 to all EMHCs who request one. This portable, annual resource has been updated to include all the official rites a lay minister will need from the Book of Blessings and Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum to bring Holy Communion to, as well as to pray and share the Gospel with, those who cannot regularly worship with their parish community.

A request will be sent to all parish liturgical coordinators this week to gauge interest.

Offline Learning

Paper workbooks will be sent this week to all those who request to offline formation. Please continue to distribute the paper application to those who request it. These forms can be found online (see below).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

All frequently asked questions are now updated in English and Spanish and are available online. We have also updated resources for liturgical ministers.


Mandates will be issued for all those who have completed:

  1. Registration in LEAD, the online learning portal, or submit paper application
  2. Online module required for specific ministries
  3. Face-to-face session sponsored by The Leadership Institute

The mandates will be issued on June 1, 2019, rather than as work is completed. All pastors and liturgical ministry coordinators will receive a list of those who receive the mandate to serve. After the initial mandates are issued, secondary mandates can be requested.


 All information regarding liturgical norms, forms, resources, frequently asked questions, and the like can be found at

Those who have not yet received an invitation but are up to date in Virtus and are regularly scheduled in the parishes, can self-register on that page as well.

(If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 203.416.1657.)