Who We Are

Who We Are

The National Association for Lay Ministry (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. Five years later in 1981, a visionary group formally established NALM. 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 a Board run organization. The 8-member Board, together with an advisor from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, furthers the mission, values, and goals of NALM through visioning, planning, and running the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Regional Representatives

The Regional Representatives are an important part of the NALM structure as they maintain current lists of regional contact persons and local association chairs. Regional Representatives also keep NALM’s staff and Board informed of regional trends.

Group Members

Group and institutional members of NALM are those parishes, communities, organizations or dioceses who have made an investment in NALM through group membership rates. We are grateful to these entities for their continuing support of lay ministry.

Affiliated Associations

These national and regional ministry organizations are close partners with NALM in the promotion of lay ministry and the professional support of lay ministers. We are grateful to them for their partnership.

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