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Christian Formation supports, educates, and empowers ministry leaders
to become Spirit-filled disciples leading others to Christ

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The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute (LEMI) is a comprehensive formation program for men and women who hold ministry leadership positions in the Diocese of Richmond.

LEMI enables you to:
– Achieve a Master’s degree in Theology or a Certificate of Study.
– Enjoy tuition savings with subsidized rates.
– Enhance your ministerial skills and deepen your spirituality.
– Qualify for Commissioning by His Excellency Bishop Knestout.
– Upon commissioning, receive a cash award and promotion in pay grade.

APPLY TODAY – Application and Reference Forms are Due by March 6, 2020.
Space is limited, so don’t delay. Review important LEMI details and testimonials here. Then share your interest with your pastor as you discern your readiness to apply.
LEMI Application:
LEMI Reference Forms:

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact LEMI Director Bernadette Harris at or 804-622-5157.  Read more 

Day of Reflection for Parish Catechetical Leaders and Co-Workers:
Unleash the Gift of Courage – Strengthen Your Leadership

Give yourself the gift of inspiration this Lent. Reserve the date on your calendar NOW for the location nearest you.

March 17 at St. Thomas More, Lynchburg or March 19 at St. Bede, Williamsburg

Presentation by Debbie Stollery. Lunch and fellowship. Time to reflect, both indoors and out. Click here to register!

All parish children were included in our Bicentennial opening Mass January 18-19, 2020 through the generosity of Pflaum!
Want to continue nurturing your parish children with God’s word? – contact Mark O’Dougherty 877-380-7795
USCCB Black History Month: Prayer for African Americans and Family
Did you know…? Bishop Knestout is a member of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs? Read more…
Last Opportunity for Pathways Catechist Formation:
Saturday, February 22 at Holy Cross, Lynchburg Click here to register.
Updated: Speaker Approval Process Plan Ahead!
  • Applications reviewed and approved monthly.
  • Updated forms
  • Step by Step directions (please read carefully)
  • **All Guest Speaker Approvals Requests need to be submitted with all completed forms no later than 45 days prior to the event.**

Each month the Office of Christian Formation provides an informational email titled “OCF Newsletter.” Here is the latest newsletter: Co-Worker Connection – February 2020 If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter directly to your email, please contact Nina Henry at