Lay Ministry Application

Those who are interested in applying to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC), a Catholic Representative, or a Lay Leader may do so via the myAMS portal.

Via the myAMS portal, an online directory is available for priests and Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinators (CPLC’s) that can be utilized to verify and approve the status of AMS Lay Ministers.  Applications to become an EMHC, a Catholic Representative, or a Lay Leader must be approved by an AMS priest before certification is granted.

Catholic Representative and Lay Leader certification expires at the end of the individual’s deployment.  EMHC certification is no longer specific to only one base. For a period of three years, EMHC certification is now valid at all installations under the jurisdiction of the AMS.

All candidates for lay ministry certification must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a Catholic who has been confirmed and received First Communion and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;
  • not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
  • be reverential, respectful of his or her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, and of good moral character;
  • if the EMHC is married, it must be a valid marriage, according to the law of the Catholic Church;
  • candidates for certification as a Catholic Representative or Lay Leader must be E-5 or higher.


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