Religious communities’ energetic engagement in future of the Diocese

20/09/2012

From the 'Faith in Our Future' Blog

On Saturday 8 September, we gathered with religious congregations, institutes and communities who are working or living within the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta for a specially convened consultation toward our Diocesan Pastoral Plan.

With a diversity of charisms, apostolates and traditions, the participating religious communities were energetic in their engagement of the present and future life of the Diocese. Sr Ailsa MacKinnon, Vicar for Religious, led us in prayer as we spent two hours reflecting on the diocesan priorities that were shared at previous consultations.

Two groups looked at our response to young people and the challenge of nurturing ongoing connections between students and parishes, and so participation in Church life beyond school age, was named.

It was recommended that young people be given good opportunities to express the Gospel in action through works of justice and pastoral care, and it was further suggested that the Diocese and parish youth groups also look to programs within religious orders that are making a real impact on the lives of young people, for instance the Remar program run by the Marist Brothers.

There was praise for the Institute for Mission by those who explored issues of laity and clergy, with a call to expand such formation services for the development of lay leadership.

It was recognised that the many religious of the Diocese share their charisms with school and parish communities as well, supporting and enhancing the experience discipleship in these contexts.

Read full report from the Parish Consultation at the Faith in Our Future Blog


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