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Bishop Straling to Receive
Lay Ministers Award
The National Association for Lay Ministry will be presenting its Gaudium et Spes Award to Bishop Phillip Straling on May 31 at its Annual Conference at Harrah’s Hotel in Las Vegas. This award honors the promotion and understanding of the Church in the world in accordance with the spirit of Vatican II by individuals and organizations.
Bishop Straling was noted for his collaborative leadership style. As Bishop of San Bernardino he was challenged by the rapid growth of the diocese and limited personnel. During his episcopate the diocese grew from a starring 235,000 people to a high of 800,000, as well as from 85 parishes to 105. Therefore, he had to rely on the leadership skills of the laity and the vowed religious of the diocese in order to succeed in his episcopate. To provide the necessary formation for ministry he established a diaconate program as well as launched the Straling Institute in 1980.
The Straling Institute was one of the first diocesan lay ministry formation programs in the United States. Continuing with the theme of his episcopacy, empowerment of laity, Bishop Straling selected sisters and laypersons for leadership positions within the parishes and schools, even inducting some as administration of parishes.
During his 10 years as Bishop of Reno, Bishop Straling established a Lay Ministry Formation process along with many other programs. In 2001, the Diaconate Formation process was established, creating a distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning. In the spirit of collaborative ministry, the Diaconate and Lay Ministry Formation programs were held together, with specialized training taking place. Many people and parishes have been improved because of Bishop Straling’s emphasis on shepherding lay ministry and ongoing adult faith formation. Bishop Straling retired on June 21, 2005.
The National Association for Lay Ministry is a professional organization that supports, educates and advocates for lay ministers and promotes the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church. Formed in 1981, it currently has 1,000 members serving across the country.