"The voice of the Lord clearly resounds in the depths of each of Christ's followers, who through faith and the sacraments of Christian initiation is made like to Jesus Christ, is incorporated as a living member in the Church and has an active part in her mission of salvation." - Christifideles Laici
"The People of God believes it is lead by the Spirit of the Lord, who fills the whole world. Moved by the faith, it tries to discern authentic signs of God's presence and purpose in the events, the needs, and the longings which it shares with other people of our time." - Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
About 1,700 lay employees serve the nearly 200,000 registered parishioners in the parishes and missions of the Diocese of Raleigh.
These employees include 750 teachers in the Catholic schools and almost 250 lay ecclesial ministers who serve in a variety of parish ministries.
Our parishes are also served by over 150 certified lay ministers, most of whom minister without pay. In addition, 80 certified Master Catechists provide training and support for over 600 catechists in our parishes and schools.
Learn more about lay ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh.