Who We Are

Who We AreNALM 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.

Our Initiatives

OurInitiatives_FeatImgNALM 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.


NewslettersWe have a growing inventory of resources for lay ecclesial ministers as well as materials which document the changes in the U.S. Catholic Church which have fostered the growth of lay ministry. We also have inspiration ministry story videos and more.

Latest News

NALM’s Letter to Cardinal DiNardo expressing concern and willingness to help

NALM and the Board of Directors mailed a letter to Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, expressing its concern about the state of the Church and NALM’s willingness to be a part of a solution to the tragedy of Sexual Abuse.  Members of our Advocacy Committee were instrumental in creating the letter and it has the… Read more »

NALM at 40 Document

Taking a Look Back, A History of NALM 1977 to the Present

This new document traces the origins of NALM from its first gathering in 1977 in Philadelphia to today.  Along the way you'll read about some major highlights such as the publishing of our first book, A Gospel Call to Collaborative Ministry (1985), our involvement with Synod on the Laity (1987), being a leading consultative role in drafting C0-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2003), the Emerging Models Program (2008), and more.

Emerging Models

Resource archive now available

Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership
National Catholic ministerial organizations worked throughout the first decade of the 21st century to support excellence in pastoral ministry through the study of the emerging models of pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church.