DIOCESE OF RALEIGH PASTORAL PLAN


Pastoral Plan June 2010 – June 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with great joy that I present to you the Diocese of Raleigh Pastoral Plan. This  three-year plan is the central focus of all diocesan and parish-based initiatives. Its purpose is  to provide a roadmap for the future of the Church in Eastern North Carolina.  The construction of this plan is rooted in consultation and collegiality. Over 400 individuals have had an opportunity to provide input. The Council of Priests, the Council of Women Religious, Pastoral Administrators, and all of the eight Deaneries were involved with its development.

At the core of the plan are seven priorities that provide the framework for planning and direction. Five of these priorities were established by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The additional two priorities addressing stewardship and management of growth have been identified as priorities specific to the Diocese of Raleigh.

It is my hope that this document will be a useful tool as parishes enter into their own planning process. You are asked to align parish activities to this plan and to evaluate consistently the progress being made. Together, we entrust all of our efforts and endeavors to Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Source of all that we hope to accomplish.
May Almighty God bless and protect you and may Mary Our Mother watch over you always.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh


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Table of Contents

1) MISSION STATEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2)  BISHOP’S VISION STATEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
3)  OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
4) FINANCIAL ENVIRONMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
5)  PRIORITIES AND GOALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
PRIORITY – PROMOTE THE LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON 7
PRIORITY – FOCUS ON FAITH FORMATION AND SACRAMENTAL PRACTICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
PRIORITY – CULTURAL DIVERSITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PRIORITY – PROMOTE VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND CONSECRATED LIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
PRIORITY – IMPLEMENT THE PASTORAL INITIATIVE ON MARRIAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
PRIORITY – PRACTICE THE EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
PRIORITY – PLAN FOR THE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF GROWTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
ADDENDUM I: ON-GOING DIOCESAN SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
ADDENDUM II: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
ADDENDUM III: PLAN FOR THE PROMOTION OF VOCATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27