When you compare the wages of lay ministers
, 79 percent of whom are married, to the wages of married priests, you begin to see more clearly that this is not only a gender wage gap, but also a clerical-lay divide.
Jobs performed by lay ministers
are often highly skill-based, requiring theological knowledge or counseling experience.
According to Maria-Cruz Gray, director of Hispanic ministry for the diocese, taking classes to become a Spanish-speaking lay minister
In addition, stories of several lay ministers
(notably of varied cultural backgrounds and life experiences) highlight diverse paths and different hesitations, sounding a note of reality.
At least two lay ministers
at the Cathedral ran in the 2010 elections.
If places in heaven are awarded on the grounds of impressing a collection of clergy and lay ministers
then yours is assured.
Whatever the case, lay ministers
are essential to congregations and clergy both.
We need our local parishes to be able to recruit and sustain educated and experienced lay ministers
Are all lay ministers
called and sent by their bishops?
Elsewhere, Dean Peter Williams of the Yukon, who opposes same-sex blessings, said in an interview that his three lay ministers
at Christ Church Cathedral disagree with him.
Approximately 38,000 Catholics, the majority of whom are women, currently serve as parish lay ministers
, according to a 2012 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Aposto--late.
While lay preaching is a very public thing, it is something that few lay ministers
do on a regular basis since it is traditionally reserved to the ordained.