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laity

(lā′ĭ-tē) [Gr. laos, the people]
Individuals who are not members of a particular profession such as law, dentistry, medicine, or the ministry.
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By the time she was 24, Anderson was already working full time as a lay minister. Now 31, she has been in her current position as director of youth ministry at St.
In the event that no priest or lay minister is around to bless their dead, the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Laity said the faithful themselves can do the blessing.
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.
Those who have heard the call to the Word of God, Rypma believes, through books such as hers, are more likely to grow in holiness and then go out into the world and live their lives as lay ministers practicing and living that holiness.
Lay ministers are needed in many pastoral care settings, especially in remote mission parishes that do not have a full-time parish priest.
According to Maria-Cruz Gray, director of Hispanic ministry for the diocese, taking classes to become a Spanish-speaking lay minister required sacrifice.
Salinas is an active Catholic lay minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Jolo chapter, while his wife is an active volunteer church worker.
"In our town," said the first, a doctor, "people call me 'Monsignor' because I am a lay minister."
What is lacking, he says, is training for this new breed of lay ministers. "You can't just ask them to assume (leadership) without giving them any kind of education," said the bishop.
Police from Wolverhampton West, which covers Wolverhampton city centre, took about 30 vicars and lay ministers to the clubs as a part of a seminar called Drink, Drugs and Night Time Economy.
Lay ministers are not always recognized officially in the church.