The Commission on Ministry advises and assists the Bishop in supporting particular ministries in the diocese, both lay and ordained. This includes helping to determine present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons as well as assisting in the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness for specific ministries.
In practice, this means the COM assists individuals who would like to discern their possible call to the diaconate or the priesthood and works with individuals who enter the formal process towards ordination.
Additionally, the COM seeks to support baptismal ministry and hopes to develop resources and conduct workshops intended to assist lay persons identify and strengthen their ministries
Note: It is our policy in the Diocese of Newark not to discuss our ordination process as it relates to specific individuals, as all proceedings are confidential.