The future shape of Faith in Our Future
|Pastoral Planning Consultation at Castle Hill, February 2012.|
Photography: Alphonsus Fok
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
St Irenaeus, theologian and saint of the second century, remarked “the Christian life is a beginning moving through beginnings to a beginning.” Later in the patristic age, a spiritual master of the east, Gregory of Nyssa, would describe every good we receive in the spiritual life as only the herald of the next, such was God’s infinite love and the manifold possibilities for Christian living.
As Director of Pastoral Planning these past years, it has been a great privilege to witness Christ give birth to new possibilities in the Diocese of Parramatta. A sense of expectancy and concrete hope has accompanied our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, as it has been brought to life in a myriad of ways through our parishes, people and diocesan agencies.
After a time of discernment, I have decided to accept the invitation to direct a new Office for Evangelisation in the neighbouring Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, working alongside Bishop Peter Comensoli, with the Parramatta Diocese a remarkable reference point for the future.
This new beginning comes after a number of enriching years in theological education with the Parramatta Institute for Mission and then a focus on the consultation, framework, development and ongoing implementation of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
I know that the good work and spiritual vitality of this great diocese will continue to grow through the dedication of so many people who have contributed and continue to give of their faith, ideas and time to make Faith in Our Future a reality in their local communities of faith. This includes the devoted clergy, parish pastoral councils, ministry and prayer groups and movements, and blog readers (!) with whom I have had the joy of collaborating.
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