Lay Ministry Profiles

Mary Joan Piechocki
Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Cape May Court House

Ministry: Director of Faith Formation for Adults & Children
Director for RCIA; Moderator for Parish Scripture Studies
Involved in Liturgical Ministry as Lector and EM

Georgian Court - Masters Degree Theology
Georgian Court - BA in Religious Studies with Minor in Women’s Studies
Atlantic Cape Community College - AA in Philosophy

How did the Lay Ministry Formation Program prepare you for your ministry?
Lay Ministry formation helped to prepare me personally through offering the educational partnership with Georgian Court University. To pursue learning my faith and the teachings of the Church on this level was exciting, deeply spiritual and helped prepare me in my ministry areas to bring the Good News to others with enthusiasm and confidence. Spiritually, the Lay Ministry Formation program offers opportunities to get away for days of spiritual enrichment that benefit me personally and carry over into my ability to minister from a center of deeper commitment as I journey in faith with others.

How has Lay Ministry molded you as a person?
Life is a journey of learning with mistakes and successes along the way. I feel that I have finally found my place at this point in my life through lay ministry. I feel enriched by the people with whom I interact, and I continue to grow in knowledge and faith through their witness and with their companionship as we pursue a life of holiness together. I am happy to support the vision our Pastor has for our parish community in whatever ways I am able through the ministries with which I am entrusted.

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Participating Institutions

Georgian Court University
Theology (Pastoral Theology)
MA or Undergraduate Certificate
Diocesan Locations
Villanova University
Church Management
M.S. Church Management
Online and one week summer campus
Neumann University
Undergraduate Degree Completion Program
Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Diocesan Locations and Online
St. Joseph's College of Maine
Theology (Pastoral Theology)
M.A. Theology
College of St. Elizabeth
Religious Education
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Parish Life Ministries
English and Spanish
Undergraduate Certificate
Diocesan Locations
University of Dayton
Catechesis (English and Spanish)
Adult Faith Formation
Youth Ministry (Online and in-seat diocesan workshops)
Social Justice
Foundations for Leadership in Ministry
Non-credit bearing Certificate
Church Ministry Institute - CMIC (3 Levels)
Theology, Spirituality & Ministry Skills (English and Spanish)
Non-credit bearing Diocesan Certificate
Diocesan locations

CMIC Brochure
Church Ministry Institute for Catechists - CMIC4C (3 Levels)
Theology, Spirituality & Catechetical Skills (English and Spanish)
Non-credit bearing Diocesan Certificate
Diocesan Locations
CMIC4C Brochure

LMFP Brochure

Contact Information

Lay Ministry Formation
631 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08201

JoLynn Ryan Krempecki
Director, Lay Ministry Formation
Kathia Arango
Registrar, Lay Ministry Formation


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