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Our Faith, Our Future

Launched in 2009, the Our Faith, Our Future pastoral plan is designed to establish a well-defined direction for future decisions and facilitate change to assure a strong and vibrant Church in the 11-county Diocese of Grand Rapids. Recommendations contained in the final plan report released in April 2012 include that some parishes cluster with other parishes; a smaller number merge with other parishes and maintain more than one church for worship; and a few merge with other parishes and close their current churches. Please see resources below for additional information:
Approved Plans/Implementation
Diocese shares vision, process, recommendations of
"Our Faith, Our Future" Pastoral Plan (April 12, 2012)
(News release | Report | Highlights summary | Priest personnel summary)
Parish mergings in Howard City, Grand Haven & Baldwin (effective July 1, 2011)
Closing/merging of St. Stanislaus, Ludington and Sacred Heart, Victory Twp. with St. Simon(May 18-19, 2011)
Bishop Hurley's Letter & Reports for Big Rapids, Grand Haven & NW Lakeshore Deaneries (Nov. 12, 2010)
Vision and Criteria for Vital Parishes (English | Español)
Pastoral Appointments
July 13, 2012 | June 12, 2012 | June 8, 2012
Catholic school support - issued April 27, 2012
Policy regarding parish support of Catholic schools