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Pastoral Plan

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Fr. Daniel Schumaker embraces Mercedes Toohey after massDeveloping a Comprehensive Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry

A pastoral plan establishes a Christ-centered vision for the Diocese. The plan identifies current areas that reflect or that fall short of the vision and establishes goals and actions that move us closer to it. Those desired actions guide the direction of diocesan initiatives and influence how diocesan resources such as staffing and program support are used.

The plan reflects the vision and hopes of the bishop, the principal shepherd and teacher of the Catholic community in the diocese, but it is arrived at in community. A process to arrive at a plan that is rooted in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit includes input from all members of the Body of Christ.

It is vital that we as a Church community come together, talk about who we are as church, and how we can work together as we move into the future. Pastoral planning is not a program. It is a continual process that prayerfully discerns how the Church is being called by God to live out our mission of evangelization today. This is done through prayerful reflection, consideration of Church teachings, listening to the faithful and discerning the situation together.  Read More

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