Education for Ministry in the Diocese of Long Island

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of study and spiritual development for lay people. It takes place in a small group setting. Participation helps us to respond to the question all of us face: How do I respond to God's call to ministry in the world?

By participating in EfM you will:

* learn to work together in a small group

* study the bible, church history and theology

* engage in theological reflection

* learn about yourself and your fellow group members

* deepen your faith

* discover your call to ministry in the world

Participants commit yearly to meet once a week from September to June. Meetings are led by trained, certified mentors.

EfM is a four-year program, though participants sign up one year at a time:

Year 1: Hebrew Scriptures

Year 2: New Testament

Year 3: Christian History

Year 4: Theology, Ethics and Interfaith Encounter

EfM is locally based. At present there are EfM groups in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk. If you are interested in joining an existing group, contact the Coordinator of EfM for the diocese, Deacon John Musco:, 917-519-0422.

But why not form a group at your parish? All it takes is a group of parishioners willing to join and someone willing to be trained as a mentor to lead the group. Contact Deacon John for help.

Mentor Training

You can help start a group in your church by being trained as an EfM mentor.  No previous experience of EfM is required! 

Announcing our next EfM Long Island Mentor Training:

Diocese of Long Island EfM Mentor Training will take place Thursday, May 16- Saturday, May 18, 2019 (noon to noon). If successfully completed, you can be certified as an EfM mentor. No previous experience of EfM is required.

Training and accommodations will be at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, Long Island.

For more information, contact Deacon John:, 917-519-0422.

Our recent EfM mentor training August 2-4, 2018.  Participants below are from St Paul's in the Village of Flatbush, St John's Lattingtown, St John the Evangelist Lynbrook, St Thomas Farmingdale, St Anselm's Shoreham and St Mark's Islip.

You too can become an EfM Mentor!


• Grace Church/Brooklyn Hts

Meets Wednesday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentors: John Musco & Kathy Page

• Church of the Nativity/Midwood

Meets Wednesday at 7:30pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Hyacinth Jeffers & Marian Bird

And Two New Groups below!

• Holy Apostles Church/Windsor Terrace

Meets Tueday at 7:00 pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Lucas Thorpe & Jillian Harris

• St. Paul's Church in the Village of Flatbush

Meets Monday at 7 pm | October to July

Mentors: Valerie Stuart & Diana Boreland


• St. Thomas'/Farmingdale

Meets Thursday at 6:00pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Carol Eskesen Smith


• St. John's/Huntington

Meets Monday at 7:00pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Leslie Valentine

And a New Group below!

• St. Mark's/Islip

Meets Monday at 6:30pm | January to December

Mentors: Deacon Gail Kertland & June Christian