“Since no one can be saved who has not first believed,
priests, as co-workers with their bishops, have as their primary duty
the proclamation of the Gospel of God to all.”
Vatican II, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, #4
DIRECTION I: Increase and support vocations and the development of ministry leaders.
Outcome 1. The diocese shall create an endowment for vocations within one year.
Outcome 2. Every parish or deanery will establish a vocation committee within three years.
Outcome 3. Each parish will implement a program to provide parishioners tools for discernment of gifts and charisms (e.g. “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell) within three years.
Outcome 4. The Diocese will establish within one year a uniform program to help people discern their calling to pastoral ministry and provide formation.
DIRECTION II: Provide more people in administration to help free the priests for more spiritual needs and responsibilities.
Outcome 1. The Diocese will provide training to priests every three years on how to delegate non-liturgical matters to others.
Outcome 2. The Diocese will create a program that identifies strengths and weaknesses of each parish and provide a platform in which they can share best practices with one another, to be implemented within three years.
Outcome 3. The Diocese will perform a needs based analysis of each parish within three years to develop and implement a plan to expand administrative staff (paid and/or volunteer) as needed.
DIRECTION III: Provide for ongoing intellectual, spiritual, human and pastoral formation
Outcome: 1. The Diocese will evaluate the quality and current relevance of the continuing education of the clergy annually.
Outcome 2 The Diocese will, within two years, form a team of course developers for clergy continuing professional formation, in addition to theology and spirituality. The Bishop shall designate a person to be responsible for maintaining contact and care of aging and retired priests.
Outcome 3. The Diocese will develop a program within three years for our international clergy that both focuses upon topics of enculturation and provides an English enhancement program to improve clarity of speaking.