Making All Things New: Discipleship, Evangelization, Witness, and Ministry

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In this week’s Catholic New York column, I wrote a special letter on the pastoral planning process, Making All Things New I thought you might want to see it.

Here is an excerpt:

As I am confident you have heard, since we have been preparing for this the last five years, the Archdiocese of New York is now formally embarking on our pastoral planning process, Making All Things New, and we approach this process in a spirit of faithhope, and love. I have great faith in God, and in all God’s people throughout the 10 counties and 368 parishes of this archdiocese. I have deep hopein what we can accomplish together with God’s grace as we confidently plan our future as a Catholic family. And, I love Jesus, His Church, and you, the splendid people of this historic archdiocese.

As we begin this process, I am reminded that “without a vision the people will perish” (Proverbs 29:18). When I visit parishes and talk with priests, deacons, religious women and men, and our dedicated lay people, one challenging question keeps emerging—how can we strengthen our parish life, and help more Catholic people grow in their faith? I believe that Making All Things New will help us respond to this question in many important ways.

You can read my whole column by clicking here.

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2 Responses to “Making All Things New: Discipleship, Evangelization, Witness, and Ministry”

  1. Irene says:

    “Pathways to Excellence” was the “process” where the Archdiocese picked the schools it wanted to close. “Making All Thing New” is now the “process” where you’re going to pick the parishes you intend to close.

    It would be much more honest if you would just close what you’re going to close and not make up innocuous sounding names for a “process” which few of us believe is anything other than a rubber stamp for what you already intend to do.

  2. Susan Norton says:

    Instead of closing or combining churches, why not close rectories. Have the priests of the archdiocese consolidate their living spaces. Since most parishes have only one or two priest living in one rectory that is capable of housing more priest why not combine priests living accommodations. Choose one parish rectory that is large enough to house the pastors and priests of neighboring parishes. The rectories no longer being used can either be sold or rented for added revenue. It is easier to ask one person to move rather than a community. Just an different perspective to the problem at hand.