Most Reverend Arturo Cepeda“The New Evangelization impels us to continue joyfully responding to the Spirit that never ceases to stimulate our communities to a deep conversion. Our call to celebrate the Gospel and to proclaim it to all our communities is at the very core of the creative ministry of the FIP.  With years of Hispanic experience the Federation will continue to respond to the challenges of today’s world and will continue to serve by offering excellent faith, academic, and ministerial formation to our communities and beyond.”

-Bishop Arturo Cepeda
For Members

FIP's New Manual!!

It is with great joy that FIP members and friends will soon be receiving a copy of the newest version of the Manual FIP.

Certification Handbook

Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service

This handbook outlines the steps involved in the application process, the certification standards, policies and procedures for which compliance by those applying for approval by the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service need to be described, and enumerates the other documentation in the standards that need to be submitted for initial and periodic reviews.

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord is a resource for diocesan bishops and for all others who are responsible for guiding the development of lay ecclesial ministry in the United States. For several decades and in growing numbers, lay men and women have been undertaking a wide variety of roles in Church ministries. Many of these roles presume a significant degree of preparation, formation, and professional competence. They require authorization of the hierarchy in order for the person to serve publicly in the local church. They entrust to laity responsibilities for leadership in particular areas of ministry and thereby draw certain lay persons into a close mutual collaboration with the pastoral ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons.

Builiding Intercultural Competence for Ministers

In Fulfillment of the Priority Plan of the Bishops of the United States in Recognition of Cultural Diversity Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church one cannot preach, teach or form persons in the Catholic faith adequately without attending to the ways in which Catholic faith and identity become embodied in culture. The Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers manual is designed to help ministry leaders achieve a basic level of awareness and proficiency in the area of intercultural competency through the five guidelines recommended by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. The manual provides five modules to assist those leading workshops on building intercultural competence for ministers. The background and proficiency offered by this program is for people of every cultural, ethnic or racial group in the Church.

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