Faith in Our Future: National Pastoral Planning Conference


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From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Diocesan Pastoral Planning Officer Daniel Ang

Very Rev Paul Marshall EV (Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Pastoral Planning) and I recently attended the National Pastoral Planners’ Network Conference held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The network brings together those working in the area of pastoral planning for dioceses across Australia and New Zealand.

As the planning team for our own Diocese of Parramatta, the conference provided an important opportunity to learn from others in the field and to share insights gained from our own process here in Western Sydney. Each diocese has its own gifts and faces its own particular challenges while sharing a commitment to the one Gospel and the best of our Catholic tradition. It was inspiring to hear the good work that is being done across the country and abroad.

It became clear to us that pastoral planning is challenged with the work of mediating between our Catholic tradition and our present context, without neglect of either as we seek to support the flourishing of faith in this Diocese. The views that you have shared through the consultation process and the wise advice submitted to us in hardcopy and online have been a part of this communal discernment about our future as the people of Parramatta.

Don’t forget you can still submit your response to our draft parish goals by clicking on this link. We cannot plan for a future alone and need your contribution to make our plan the best guide for our future years that it can be.

As we return to our work on our Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, there is a deep sense of the need to honour our past, understand our present reality and be open to new opportunities for the future. We will keep in touch as we finalise our parish goals with your help and prepare the central vision of our Pastoral Plan which we hope will engage all our people in the mission that lies before as disciples of the Risen Jesus.

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