Who We Are
NALM is dedicated to providing vision, voice, leadership, and advocacy for lay ministers and for the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church. We do this through fostering and supporting the spiritual and theological formation, training, and ongoing development of career and volunteer lay ministers.
NALM traces its roots to 1976 when a group of lay people, vowed religious, and clergy began meeting annually to share their expertise and to support each other in the common goal of establishing and improving programs of lay ministry formation throughout the United States. Today, the original vision has expanded to include lay ministers serving parishes, diocesan offices, higher education, healthcare, and prisons throughout the U.S. and world.
NALM is involved in a continually growing array of initiatives associated with promoting and supporting professional lay ministry in the United States, particularly in the areas of certification of professional lay ecclesial ministers and advocacy for their needs.
By-Laws Vote Result
The By-Laws changes were unanimously approved by vote of the NALM membership. The By-Laws changes reflect the reality of our current identity as a Board led organization. Thank you to our members who voted!
NALM Annual Appeal
Make an anniversary gift for NALM’s 40th Anniversary today! Help expand NALM's mission of supporting, strengthening, promoting, and advocating for lay ministry formation throughout the US.
Summer Professional Development Series
Starting June 2016
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As NALM continues to grow in its service of providing vision, voice, leadership, and advocacy for lay ministers and for the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church, our website presence and efforts at online communication are growing with us.