Office of Lay Formation and RCIA
The Office of Lay Formation provides education and formation opportunities within our Diocese to support lay women and men in living out their lay vocation both in the world and within the Church.
Institute of Lay Formation
The diocesan Institute of Lay Formation is a program of prayer, study, and reflection on the Catholic Faith and on the life of discipleship and service within the Church. The Institute has three formation components:
- a catechetical/theological formation component, CREDO ~ Together in Faith
- a lay leadership formation component, CARITAS ~ Together in Service
- a continuing education/formation component, EMMAUS ~ Together in Christ.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are prepared and formed for initiation and entrance into the Catholic Church. The RCIA process “is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #1). The Office of Lay Formation and RCIA works to provide ongoing communication and support for those working in Christian initiation ministry in the parishes and church institutions of our diocese. Todd Graff and Camille Withrow (507-858-1270 / firstname.lastname@example.org) serve as the diocesan staff for RCIA ministry.
Diocesan Ministry Days
“Ministry Days” are an annual cycle of diocesan gatherings for our clergy, parish staff, and other church ministers to come together for prayer, sharing, learning, and planning relating to our common ministry here in southern Minnesota. Held in the fall, spring, and early summer each year, these gatherings also provide professional in-service and enrichment opportunities for these ministers.
Todd Graff currently serves as the Director of the Office of Lay Formation. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and his Master of Arts degree in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Previous to coming to the diocese, he served as a campus minister at Creighton University and as a high school religion teacher and campus minister at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, IL. He came to the Diocese of Winona in August, 1990, to serve as the Coordinator of Social Action Programs for Catholic Charities. In December, 1999, he assumed his present position. Todd is married to Laurie Ziliak and the father of six children - Isaac, Jesse, Nathan, Samuel, Sophia, and Hannah.
Paula Watembach currently serves as the secretary for the Office of Lay Formation.