F.L.A.M.E. Series – ‘Discernment and the Laity’s Call to Ministry’


So, what is the big deal about discernment? Everyone knows it is just about making decisions. Isn’t it?


Among the many topics that will be covered in this F.L.A.M.E. III session are questions such as:

— How is God working in your life?

— Is there a deeper way to approach major life decisions?

During July and August, a team of presenters will be making the rounds to bring this two-part session, Discernment and the Laity’s Call to Ministry, to the people of the Camden Diocese in their local communities.

In these sessions, attendees will be exposed not only to the real meaning of discernment, but how, if we are open to such an experience, it can dramatically and positively change our lives.

While part of the session will discuss how discernment can play a part in our ministry formation, it also will have a practical segment regarding the implications of discernment in our everyday lives. Also, if one routinely practices discernment, it can be instrumental in bringing true clarity and peace to the life directions we seek.

The F.L.A.M.E. series involves multi-media, ritual, storytelling and story-sharing, individual and group reflection, prayer and engaging Church teaching in a way that helps participants link their faith life to daily living. The participants are actively involved in the session experience every step of the way. Together, everyone will discover ways to put what they experience into action in their faith lives and ministry.

F.L.A.M.E. III sessions are planned at the following locations and dates:

— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon, Aug. 12, 19

— St. Charles Borromeo, Sicklerville, July 29, Aug. 5

— St. Isidore, Vineland, Aug. 12, 19

Also, session 2 of the F.L.A.M.E. III series will be held at:

– St, Michael, Gibbstown, July 21

– Christ the King, Haddonfield, July 22

– St. Paul, Stone Harbor, July 23

Note: Sessions in Spanish are being planned for the fall.

Each session begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Pastors and parish ministry leaders are encouraged to make this series available to their parishioners and volunteers as part of their lifelong formation. All are welcomed and light refreshment will be served. A free-will offering will be suggested to help defray the cost of the evening.

Originally initiated last summer, the first F.L.A.M.E. (The Faith-Life-Action Ministry Experience) sessions dealt with our call to holiness, Christian maturity, community and ministry. F.L.A.M.E. II was held in the fall of 2008 and delved into the U.S. bishops’ document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship prior to the presidential elections.

For more information about the F.L.A.M.E. III sessions or to have any questions addressed, please contact Kevin Connor at kevin.connor@camdendiocese.org or 856.583.6122.

Kevin J. Connor is associate director, Lifelong Formation, Diocese of Camden.