Lay Formation and Evangelization

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"We need well-trained lay people animated by a sincere faith..whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful love of Jesus Christ" - Pope Francis 

Miriam SistersThe Archdiocese of Regina Lay Formation Program is an academic and pastoral formation program for Catholic men and women interested taking the 'next step' on their Christian journey. Inspired and informed by the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM) and Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel, this unique program builds on four key pillars of the New Evangelization; we provide a deepening awareness of God’s personal love and activity, create opportunities for encountering Christ and entering into a transformative relationship with him, help individuals to integrate that relationship into every aspect of our lives, and empower women and men to follow Christ's commission to "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt 28:19).

Our Mission...

The Archdiocese of Regina's Lay Formation Program has been in operation for more than 35 years making our program the longest continually operating Lay Formation program in the country! Our mission is to provide parishes and the Church of the Archdiocese as a whole with well-formed, evangelizing disciples of Jesus Christ: men and women whose on-going encounter with the joy of the Gospel fuels their missionary zeal both in their parish and in the wider community. The more than 500 alumni of our program have gone on to support parishes in a variety of liturgical and catechetical roles as leaders in the areas of prayer and worship, liturgical planning, sacramental preparation and adult faith formation.  Many have also assumed a variety of leadership positions on Parish Pastoral Councils and other parish groups, teams and committees. In addition, our alumni serve as hospital chaplains, pastoral assistants, workers in funeral homes and senior care facilities. 
About Lay Formation

How Do We Do This?

  1.  We will deepen your understanding of Church and faith through solid teaching by our own diocesan priests and religious as well as lay men and women who are experts in their respected fields of theology, ethics and social justice, scripture, liturgy, canon law and a host of other fields of interest.

  2.  We will provide you with the skills and tools, and opportunities to deepen your spiritual life, strengthen your ability to assess your God-given gifts and talents and discern how best to offer these in the service of the people of God within the family, workplace,  community or parish.

  3.  We will help provide a working knowledge of particular areas of service including; Native Ministry, Ministry to the Sick, Dying and Bereaved, Youth Ministry, Parish Government, Sacramental Preparations and the RCIA.

  4.  You will be given the tools and the guidance you need to speak confidently about the church, your faith and your relationship with Jesus Christ in your family, the workplace, the parish and the wider community so that you might fulfil the commission of Peter, our first Pope, to "Always be ready to give a reason for your hope" (1Peter 3:15)

Where and When is the Program Held?

We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Campion College of Regina! Starting this Fall, classes for this 3-year program will be held from October to June at on the Campion Campus.

Our weekend sessions begin Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and conclude by 2:00 p.m on Sunday afternoons.

For our out of town participants, overnight accommodations are available on Campus. All meals will be provided by Luther College.

What is the Cost?

The cost of the program is largely subsidized by the Archdiocese of Regina. To help defray expenses for the weekends, the candidate and the parish are asked to contribute:

Candidate: $600.00

Parish: $600.00

*The yearly cost is subject to increase due to inflation.

A bursary fund is available to assist both candidates and parishes with program costs. For more information, contact the office.

For more information please contact Eric at the Archdiocesan Centre via egurashatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca (email) by phone at 306-352-1651 Ext. 211 

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Evangelization: Making Disciples of All Nations

In addition to my work with the Lay Formation program, I am also blessed to be able to help parishes in their own unique evangelization efforts.  We live in a unique era in the Church. At one time it was almost a given that our Catholic faith would be passed down from grandparents to parents to children and so-on to subsequent generations. For better or for worse, religion and faith are no longer cultural norms. In 2012 the PEW research organization reported that for every 1 person who was baptized Catholic or had returned to the Church, 4.5 had left. In 2015, that number had jumped to 6.5!  

The truth is the #1 reason those 6.5 have left is not because of some deep issue with Church teaching, not out of boredom with the Mass, and not because of an argument with a priest. They simply drifted away and nobody noticed! This is not to say that there are not additional, valid issues that need to be dealt with in some cases - there certainly are! What it does indicate is that nearly 2/3rds of those who are no longer active in our parishes are simply waiting to be noticed and invited. This is actually Good News!

When I am not helping to empower individual lay men and women in our diocese to more actively undertake the work of evangelization in their homes, workplaces, communities and parishes through the Lay Formation Program, I am helping parishes lay the groundwork for reaching out to those fallen away Catholics who are simply waiting to be noticed and invited. Through a variety of workshops and retreats, I have the great honor of helping parishes identify who their non-attending neighbors are, develop strategies for 'setting out into the deep' and meeting people where they are, and creating foundations of on-going family, child, youth and adult faith formation that empowers their own parishioners to be evangelizing disciples. 

We have currently provided a list of the kinds of retreats and workshops that I have been helping parishes with. You can access this list by clicking here.  All of these are services of the Archdiocese of Regina and are offered at no additional cost to parishes!  If you have specific needs or questions, I am always available to consult with so that we can develop a strategy that fits your particular needs and goals.

If you are interested in booking me to speak with your Pastoral Councils, other parish groups, or your deanery or would like to have me come out to lead a workshop or retreat for your parish or deanery, please do not hesitate to egurashatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca (contact me via email) or by phone at 306-352-1651 Ext. 211.

Eric Gurash is a former radio personality and a convert to the Catholic faith who holds a B.Th from Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB. He has been involved in full-time parish ministry for more than 14 years and most recently has taken over as Coordinator of Lay Formation and Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Regina. He is a certified spiritual director as well as a popular speaker, retreat leader, and storyteller and has worked as a freelance writer for Loyola Press in Chicago. Eric is currently in the midst  formation for the permanent diaconate and is working towards the completion of a Masters Degree in Theology.

What's New

Lay Ministry Commissioning

Last updated on July 6, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Rod Degenstein is one of the five Lay Ministry candidates who was commissioned at a special celebrationheld June 23 at Little Flower Church. He said the program changed him. “We have such a big wonderful Church and there are so many things that I still don’t know about it. I don’t want to stop learning. I realize I am such a small part of such a large creation, yet I know how much God loves me as an individual.”

Archbishop Donald Bolen began his remarks to the Lay Ministry graduates by calling the occasion “a day of great joy.” He thanked the graduates for taking the program, and all those who supported them, and those who taught them. The commissioning of these five candidates was a little more personal for Archbishop Bolen as one of his sisters, Judith Corkery of Holy Family Parish, is among the graduates.

Referring to the readings chosen for the mass, Bolen talked about the gifts, gifts given to Jesus’disciples by the Holy Spirit. “You have...

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The goal of the Lay Formation prgram is to empower church leaders. Through a living relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church, and informed by solid teaching by a host of experts, our alumni are sent forth to "Make disciples of all nations."

We provide solid teaching from diocesan priests, religious and laypersons who are experts in their respective fields of theology, ethics, social justice, scripture, liturgy, canon law and a host of other fields. We provide the skills, tools, and opportunities to deepen your spiritual life, assess your God-given gifts and discern how best to offer these in service to Jesus Christ. We provide a working knowledge of particular areas of service including; native ministry, ministry to the sick, dying and bereaved, youth ministry, parish government, sacramental preparations and the RCIA. We provide the tools and the guidance to speak confidently about the church, faith and Jesus Christ in the home, the parish and the world.

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The mission of the Lay Formation Program is to provide you with a renewed missionary zeal fueled by the joy of the Gospel! One weekend per month from October until June, Catholics who want to know, love and serve Christ more deeply come together at Campion College in Regina. During this three-year program, you will;

+Become more deeply aware of God's personal love and activity in your life.

+Encounter Jesus Christ, discover his plan of sheer goodness for you and deepen your relationship with Christ and his Church.

+Discover how to more intentionally integrate your faith in daily life in service to Christ.

+Be given the Spiritual and Formation tools you need to follow Christ's commission to "Go, make disciples of all nations."

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall intake. For more information or to register, please contact our Program Coordinator, Eric Gurash at 306.325.1651 ext 211 or email him at egurasharchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca...

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I am a strong believer in the power of focused, collective intercessory prayer. On a personal level, prayer has been a powerful force for transformation and change in my own life and in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our family. During my years of parish work, every single success was a direct result of the personal and collective prayers of our parish family. Starting in June I have begun to have a Mass said for our Lay Formation Program and all of it’s participants by a different priest and parish in the Archdiocese each month. I plan to continue this practice into the foreseeable future.   At the same time, I would like to share with you, and humbly beg you to use as often as you can, two forms of prayer for our program that I have integrated into my own prayer life and have asked our current participants to include in theirs; A Prayer For The Archdiocese of Regina's Lay Formation Program We praise You, Heavenly Father, source of life and light for... Read More

Ten graduates of the Archdiocesan Lay Formation Program celebrated the end of their three-year journey in a June 11 graduation ceremony at Little Flower Church.  

Verna Angielski of Holy Family Parish, Regina, decided after retiring, that she wanted to learn more about her faith and in some sense, calm a biblical quote that kept popping into her head. “It’s from the old testament and it says ‘if you are luke warm in your faith I will spew you out of my mouth,’ (it’s actually from Revelations) and every once in a while it would pop into my head so I decided to do something and learn more about my faith.”

Angielski was joined by Dorothy Seiferling from Holy family; Farrah Semegen and Ivan Paska from Holy child; Donna Loran, Lori Bresciani, Lori Matthewson and Georgina Churcko from Resurrection Parish; Julie Lemoine from St. Jean Baptiste and Pat Herauf from St. Paul’s in Vibank. Archdiocesan Administrator Very Reverend Lorne Crozon celebrated the mass and commissioned...

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Forming New Partnerships!

Last updated on June 14, 2016

We're very pleased to announce our new partnership with Campion College! Starting in the Fall of 2016 our program classes will begin to be held on Campus at Campion College in Regina. This move not only provides us with amazing classroom spaces, gathering spaces, and a beautiful chapel to thrive in, but also forges an even closer relationship with our local, Jesuit-run Catholic College. We're looking forward to the many grace-filled opportunities to work together at shaping the Church of tomorrow, today!

Lay Ministry Formation Program Anniversary

Last updated on March 24, 2016

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? The Lay Formation Program with be celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year.  We need to update our mailing lists so we can send you information about upcoming events.  If you have moved since your commissioning could you email our new program coordinator egurasharchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca (Eric Gurash) or phone 306 352 1651 ext 211 and let us know where you are now.