Ministries in the Church are concrete expressions of ecclesial movements  and the working of the Holy Spirit in an through the people of God.  “Ecclesial movements follow in a long tradition of groups, associations, and communities that have arisen throughout the history of the Church.  To meet specific needs of the time and to pursue mission-oriented purposes, the Holy Spirit has raised up from the lay faithful various monastic and mendicant orders, confraternities, sodalities, charitable and educational societies, social welfare organizations, and Catholic Action groups.  In the modern period, and due largely to the encouragement of the Second Vatican Council, the ecclesial movements represent “a new era of group endeavors of the lay faithful” (John Paul II, apostolic exhortation On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World [Christifideles Laici], no. 29)