Welcome to the Formation Offices of the Diocese of St. Augustine

"By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 24:3-4

The Ministry Formation Program is accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation.

The program was granted Reaffirmation of Accreditation January, 2010 through 2017.

Mission Statement:

The Ministry Formation Program shares in the ministry of leadership and service to the people and parishes in the Diocese of St. Augustine through a comprehensive program of spiritual, human, academic and pastoral formation of lay ecclesial ministers.

Purpose of the Program:

  • To provide systematic opportunities for the faithful to learn about their own baptismal call to ministry.
  • To network with the clergy and diocesan ministry directors and assist them by providing the formation of lay ecclesial ministers trained for service within the community.
  • To develop and implement a systematic program of academic, spiritual, human and pastoral formation.
  • To provide ongoing formation and spiritual formation for those who have completed the program through the annual retreat and other opportunities.

The Ministry Formation Program provides:

A three year comprehensive program of study. The first two years focus on academic study of Scripture, Catholic Traditions, Catholic Beliefs, Morality and Liturgy and Sacraments. During the first two years, participants also attend ministerial skills workshops. The third year combines Theological Reflection and a Supervised Practicum.

Theological Reflection

provides opportunities for theological and spiritual development and to relate the participant gifts and experiences to the needs of their parish, school or diocese.

Supervised Practicum

is a hands on learning experience that takes place in a parish, school or diocesan setting. The practicum integrates the participant’s knowledge, and skills with actual ministerial situations.

Skills Workshops

assist participants with ministerial competence. Topics include: Pastoral Leadership, Human Development, Multi-Cultural Diversity, Legal Ethics/Canon Law, Personal Skills of a Minister, Spirituality/Leading Prayer, and Communications.

Emmaus Companion

(EC) component of the Ministry Formation Program provides the participant with ongoing support, reflection and feedback on his or her spiritual journey. Specifically, the EC provides a safe environment wherein the participant can recognize how course material can be integrated into life experience and spirituality.

Learn More

Download our Ministry Formation Program Brochure to learn more.

Contact Information:

Erin McGeever

Director of Formation

11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904)262-3200, ext 118
(904)262-0698 (fax)

Missy Parkison

Program Coordinator

11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904)262-3200, ext 103
(904)262-0698 (fax)