Why become a member


The Association of Pastoral Ministers (APM) was formally established in 1977 to serve as a support community for women and men in various pastoral ministries in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

APM members have an abiding concern for the spiritual, intellectual, physical, psychological and social dimensions of the human person. By bringing many qualities to their service of God’s people, APM members minister through prayerfulness, the gift of being a “listening presence”, openness about their personal faith, patience, compassion and a sense of humor.

Formation for pastoral ministry requires spiritual, academic and professional preparation.  The pastoral minister must be able to demonstrate a vocation to ministry through competence in:  personal and spiritual maturity in relationship to God’s people; an understanding of and an ability to communicate the Scriptures, the traditions and teachings of the Catholic church; the moral and social teachings of the Church; and professional care-giving skills and listening skills that express an appreciation of the depth of the human heart’s aspirations.

The Association seeks to stay close to the everyday needs of its members, designing activities which strengthen and improve the quality of pastoral ministry.  Mutual caring and trust characterize who we are and what we do as pastoral ministers.  APM empowers Pastoral Ministers to minister to ministers!