Sister Helene Skrzyniarz, SSJ-TOSF, of St. Monica Parish in Garfield Heights, Ohio, was certified as a lay ecclesial minister on December 2, 2015. She was blessed in this new position by Bishop Richard Lennon at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at a liturgy on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Sister completed a minimum of 32 hours of graduate study in theology, Scripture, and pastoral skills. She also participated in a three-year program of pastoral and spiritual formation, and demonstrated proficiency in ministry through mentoring and supervised field experience.
Sister is in ministry with sacramental preparation for children and adults, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children, "Growing Our Faith" program for adults and "almost adults," second grade PSR teacher, lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for parish Masses, VIRTUS facilitator and trainer and procurator. She is parish catechetical leader at St. Monica.