Archdiocese of Chicago
Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Department of Personnel Services

Vision for the Ministry of Pastoral Associate

  1. The pastoral associate is certified as a minister and shares responsibility for the daily care of the faithful with the pastor to whom he/she is accountable. As an integral member of the parish staff, the pastoral associate shares in the responsibility for the parish needs assessment, decision-making, planning and implementation of designated parish ministries. Like the pastor and associate pastor, the pastoral associate is more of a generalist than a specialist. A pastoral associate provides leadership and direction in all pastoral areas, except sacramental, in the absence of, or at the request of, the pastor or associate pastor. Rooted and centered in Jesus' call to discipleship, the pastoral associate is committed to service to the Church through the promotion of gospel values and growth in holiness, through collaboration and mutuality in mission and ministry.
  2. Pastoral associates attend to continuing education and ongoing spiritual formation according to diocesan policies.
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