After collaborating for the past six months, Bishop Johnston and the Visioning Team crafted a plan for the Diocese’s immediate future. The information gathered from the faithful through the 10 Listening Sessions, online submissions and listening sessions with clergy was studied in great depth. Your input was vital in shaping plans for our future as a Diocese through concrete hopes, dreams and goals for our Church.
Following much study, consideration, and prayer Bishop Johnston and the Visioning Team has discerned that God is calling us to be…
Our Vision is being One Family: unity is also what God wants for us: to know we are His Family and to know that Jesus is the person that holds us together.
Our Vision is being Restored in Christ: the longing for healing is also what God desires for us and why he sent his Son, Jesus. Healing was at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. Just like in Jesus’ time, today healing is both personal and cultural. As individuals and parishes, locally as a diocese and universally as one Catholic Church, there is a profound need for healing and the freedom it brings.
Our Vision is being Equipped for Mission: there is a desire to understand and pursue our baptismal call as disciples, capable of bringing others to Jesus’ Sacred Heart, the place of true unity and healing. In fact, this is the very mission Jesus gave to each one of us baptized in His name.
Our Mutually Shared Vision comes from you and is solidly grounded in our faith.
If we know where we are going, how do we purposefully get there?
We discerned 3 Priorities (areas of focus) and within each priority are exciting and ambitious goals to pursue that will make measurable progress toward the vision.
Our next step together is a…
We will begin to put this Mutually Shared Vision for our Diocese into action though the celebration of a Holy Year of Renewal. It will begin on Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019). This will be not just another initiative, but rather an invitation to live our Catholic Faith more fully. There will be Diocesan and Parish events every month that correlate to the Mutually Shared Vision, but also personalized, achievable goals that every family and home can do.
See the Holy Year of Renewal page for a timeline of events, questions for reflection, resources and more.
May this Holy Year of Renewal inspire each of us to take instrumental steps in our own healing, giftedness and evangelization. As this journey of renewal concludes in January 2020, we will then transition into the remaining years of this plan for the Diocese.