I am writing this week’s column in between conferences at the clergy workshop. It’s been a busy time, but very enlightening. It’s great to see some brother priests that I haven’t seen or spoken to in a while, and the food has been pretty good too.
The workshop’s focus is on helping priests and parishes assess where they are and chart a path forward. This is something that is going to take time and commitment. There is no single magic bullet that will revitalize every parish and reengergize every priest, nor can everything necessary be discerned, decided, and done in the span of half a week. But all of this is absolutely necessary. The timing of the workshop and initiative is providential as I come upon my one year anniversary of being your pastor, and I am excited at the prospect of leveraging some of the tools that will be available to us so that we can make this great parish even better for the next generation.
During Lent, we participated in the Disciple Maker Index survey. Those results will be made available to pastors soon (though I was able to get a sneak peak at a couple of things for Holy Cross). Once I get a chance to digest the results, I’ll share some insights with you. Our task then, as a parish, is to use those results and develop our own plan to help reinvigorate the faith in the parish–not just among the 300 or so people who come to Mass each week, but the 3,000 Catholics who live in our parish territory. That plan will be shared with the Archbishop so that he knows what parishes need and can do his best to help support us. With the help of God, all this hard work will be able to bear good fruit.
Have a great week!