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Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Vatican II. See Chapter 4: The Laity

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Vatican II

Christifideles Laici Pope John Paul II

Participation of the Lay Faithful in the Priestly Ministry Pope John Paul II

Pontifical Council for the Laity Profile of the Council as well as documents from the Council

Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and the Fifteenth Anniversary of Called and Gifted

Lay Ecclesial Ministry: The State Of The Questions A 1999 report of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, Committee on the Laity

Is It Time for Lay Cardinals again? By Dr. Andrew Thomas Kania on the website Catholica, 2010

Features of the FABC's Theology of the Laity By Peter N.V. Hai in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2010

Evaluation of the FABC's Theology of Laity By Peter N.V. Hai in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2010

The Christian Formation of the Laity and Lay Missionary Efforts in Asia By Msgr. Joseph Dinh Duc Dao in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2010

Open Letter of a Croatian Lay Theologian to a "German" Pope: Marko Maruliĉ to Adrian VI By Franz Posset in Colloquia Maruliana, XVIII, 2009

The Laity in Historical Context By Peter N. V. Hai in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2009

From Baptismal Font to Ministry: The Surprising Story of Laity Stirring the Church By Dolores R. Leckey. A talk delivered to the College Theological Society's annual gathering at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, May 2008

Lay People In The Asian Church: A Study of John Paul II's Theology of the Laity in Ecclesia in Asia with reference to the documents of FABC By Peter N.V. Hai in Australian EJournal of Theology, 2007

The Nonvowed Form of the Lay State in the Life of the Church By Patricia A. Sullivan in Theological Studies, June 2007

What's in a Name? Part II: 'Ordained' and 'Lay Apostolate' By Anthony Gooley in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Summer 2006

What's in a Name? Part I: 'Ministry' and 'Common Priesthood' By Anthony Gooley in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Spring 2006

The Emerging Role of Laity: Tensions and Opportunities By Anthony Maher in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2006

Abortion, Bishops, Eucharist, and Politicians: A Question of Communion By Gregory C. Sisk and Charles J. Reid, Jr. See pages 270-274. The Catholic Lawyer, 2004

Heart Spirituality and the Lay Vocation By Frank Fletcher MSC in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2004

Lay Ecclesial Ministers: A Theological Look into the Future By Bernard Sesboue in The Way, 2003

Church and Laity: Give and Take By Cathy Molloy in The Way, 2001

The Role of the Laity: An Examination of Vatican II and Christifideles Laici By Carl E. Olson, editor of IgnatiusInsight.com, 2000

Reflections on John Paul II's Theology of the Laity: 20th Anniversary of Christifideles Laici By Peter N.V. Hai, 1999

Lay Pastoral Theology: Fostering Spiritual Adulthood in a Priest-Short Church By Michael P. Horan in The Way, 1998

Hope lies in togetherness: The laity in the Church of the Third Millennium in Africa By Laurenti Magesa in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1998

Discerning Meaning: The New Lay Ecclesial Ministers By Zeni Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Lay Ministry, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology Seton Hall University

Smile, When You Say `Laity' - An Analysis of the Lay Revolution in the Catholic Church By Eugene McCarraher in Commonweal, Sept 12, 1997

Lay Spirituality in a Post-Modern World By Ian Linden

Contemporary Lay Identity and the Concept of Consecration By Virginia Sullivan Finn in The Way, 1995

Ministry, Muddle and Mystery By Clare Watkins in The Way, 1995

Reason Laity Are Stepping Forward Is Bigger Than Decrease in the Clergy By Richard P. McBrien in National Catholic Reporter, April 21, 1995

The Community of Sant'Egidio: Vatican II Made Real - Catholic Lay Organization in Rome, Italy By Robert P. Imbelli in Commonweal, Nov 18, 1994

Ushering in the Age of the Laity By Kenneth L. Woodward in Commonweal, Sept 9, 1994

The Laity & the Leadership Crisis in the Catholic Church By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels in Commonweal, Sept 10, 1993

The Christian Laity By Jordan Aumann, O.P., in Philippiniana Sacra, 1993

Laity Should Move Their Assets and Reclaim Church By Eugene C. Bianchi in National Catholic Reporter, August 27, 1993

The Laity & the Shape of Things to Come By Philip J. Murnion in Commonweal, Sept 11, 1992

Lay People and the Church By Leonard Doohan in The Way, 1992

Pastoral Letter to the Laity By the bishops of Florida, 1991

The Laity Reflections from Donald J. Goergen, OP, January 1989

Toward a Definition of 'Laity' By Jordan Aumann, O.P.

Lay Discipleship--A Contradiction in Terms? By Wilma Malcolm in The Way, 1987

Lay Discipleship--A Contradiction in Terms? By James Hawks in The Way, 1987

Lay Discipleship--A Contradiction in Terms? By Philippa Gray in The Way, 1987

Here I Am, Lord By William H. Farley in The Way, 1987

Critical Issues for Laity By Leonard Doohan in The Way, 1987

Lay Discipleship--A Contradiction in Terms? By William Brodrick in The Way, 1987

Bearing Witness By Angela Tilby in The Way, 1987

The Experience of God in Everyday Life By Dolores Leckey in The Way, 1987

Vocation to Ministry: Are the Laity Called? By Juan-Lorenzo Hinojosa in The Way, 1985

Laity in the World: The Church at Work By Nelvin Vos, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, in Word & World, 1984

The Call to the Laity By Donald Goergen, OP in Spirituality Today, 1983

A Spirituality for the Laity: Yes or No? By Elizabeth A. Dreyer in Spirituality Today, 1986

A History and Theology of Sharing Responsibility for the Church By Richard K. Weber, OP in Spirituality Today, 1985

Freedom For Lay Action By P. G. Walsh in The Way, 1972

Reflections on the Status of a Theology of the Layman By Anthony J. Kelly in Theological Studies, December 1967

The Church and the Laity By Michael Bossy in The Way, 1967

The Priesthood of the Laity By G. Verhaegen in The Way, 1965

Preparation of Spiritual Directors of the Lay Apostolate By Joseph A. Spitzig in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1964

The Laity in Church Law By John J. Reed in Theological Studies, December 1963

Does the Laity Have a Role in the Prophetic Mission of the Church? By Robert S. Pelton in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1962

The Theology of the Lay Apostolate By James E. Quill in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1959

Theology of the laity By Francis Keating in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1956

The Problem of Theology for the Laity By Charles E. Sheedy in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1952

The preparation of a lay apostle By Sebastian Carlson in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1950

Lay Priesthood: Towards a Terminology By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, June 1949

Lay participation in Christ's priesthood By James Edward Rea in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1948

The Lay Priesthood: Real or Metaphorical? By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, December 1947

Popular Catholic Action Motu proprio of Pope Pius X. Scroll to page 234. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 29, From January to October, 1904




Oblates of Saint Benedict

Lay Carmelites

Dominican Lay Fraternities

Dominican Laity

History of the Dominican Laity By Richard Weber, O.P.

The Purpose of the Dominican Laity By Charles R. Malatesta, O.P.

Dominican Spirituality and Vatican II's Expectations of Lay People By Christopher Kiesling, O.P.

Catherine of Siena Institute We are a program of the Western Dominican Province with the mission of equipping lay Catholics for the New Evangelization of Pope John Paul II. The Holy Father teaches that lay men and women are co-responsible with bishops and priests for the mission of the Church, which is to enable every man and woman to meet the risen Christ

Lay Camillan Family

Lay Associates of the Companions of the Cross

Don Bosco Volunteers

Comboni Lay Missionaries

Maryknoll Lay Missioners Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world

Brothers and Sisters of Penance The Brothers and Sisters of Penance is a newly emerging Roman Catholic lay movement. Its members are following a modern adaptation of the first Rule for penitents written in 1221 under the direction of Saint Francis of Assisi

Christian Life Community Small groups of lay people forming community based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

United States Conference of Secular Institutes

Lay Pastor Society An interesting concept: dividing a parish up and giving lay leaders the task of maintaining contact with a segment of the parish. Conceived and established by Mark Price of Alpine, CA

Community of Sant'Egidio A movement of lay people with more than 40,000 members, dedicated to evangelisation and charity, in Rome, Italy and in more than 60 countries throughout the world. The Community of Sant'Egidio is a "Church public lay association". The different communities share the same spirituality and principles which characterise the way of Sant'Egidio: Prayer, Communicating the Gospel, Solidarity with the poor, Ecumenism, Dialogue

The Role of the Laity in Modern Thai Buddhism




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