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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Association of Parish Ministers continues discussions of lay ministry document

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 8, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

On Jan. 24, the Association of Parish Ministers of the Spokane Diocese (APM) held the first of a series of discussions on the American bishops’ document on lay ministry, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.”

Following prayer, members heard a presentation by APM president Jim Tevenan on the recent history of lay involvement in ministry, from the apostolate of Catholic Action begun by St. Pius X in the early 20th century to today’s variety of “lay ecclesial” ministries.

Lively discussion of the first two sections of “Co-Workers,” dealing with the foundations of lay ministry in both theology and Church teaching followed, aided by a study guide published by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The discussion will continue Tuesday, Feb. 27, on the second part of “Co-Workers:” the pathways to lay ministry, and their formation and authorization. All who labor in the Vineyard are invited to attend; the text of the document is available on (and may be purchased through) the USCCB website:

That meeting is scheduled for the St. Augustine Parish Center, 19th Ave. at Bernard St., Spokane.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with prayer. Attendees are invited to bring an ingredient for a community “stone salad” lunch.

Call or e-mail Jim Tevenan at St. Augustine for further information: (509) 624-1630, jtevenan@

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