Board of Directors
Dr. Marlon De La Torre
Diocese of Columbus, Senior Director of Evangelization
Dr. Janet Diaz
Director of Evangelization, Church of the Holy Family, Novi
Co-Founder; Lay Businessman
Dr. Peter Williamson
Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
Fr. John Riccardo
Executive Director, Acts XXIX
What does it mean to be a lay apostolate of the Archdiocese of Detroit?
The Church speaks of the lay apostolate in two ways: one is the apostolate common to all of the baptized laity, “spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men and women to share in His saving redemption” (Pope St. Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965). We do this seemingly spontaneously, led by the Holy Spirit as individuals to bring the Good News to the world and strengthen the faith of fellow believers. The other form of a lay apostolate is a specific organization of (mostly) laypeople ministering in a specific way in a cooperative relationship with ordained Church leaders. The Catholic Biblical School of Michigan is exactly this, an organization entrusted with a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word of God, so that all of us as baptized believers might be strengthened and become more confident, bold, and loving in spreading the kingdom of God.
CBSM operates with ecclesiastical approval from the Archbishop of Detroit and the Bishops of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Our Board of Directors includes clergy and lay leaders. Like many lay apostolates, we operate without financial support from Arch/dioceses, giving us a spirituality of seeking to bless the Church through the ministry of teaching, prayer, and proclamation of the Word we offer.
Pope Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965
Pope Pius XII, Guiding Principles on the Lay Apostolate, 1957