Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Pastoral Planning Initiative: 'Know, Love & Serve'
by Bishop Blase J. Cupich
(From the July 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register) June 30, 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,
Three years ago today my appointment as Bishop of Spokane was announced. These three years have been full of great blessings and great challenges. By both Godís grace and your kindness I have come to feel very much at home in Eastern Washington, for which I am most grateful.
I have also come to know more about you, thanks to your willingness to share your joys and sorrows, your needs and your talents through various parish and diocesan meetings. It has become clear to me that people are ready to move forward with new plans for the future. That impulse is even more timely given the fact that we will mark our centennial as a diocese this year.
To move us forward, I have called for a multi-stage planning process. We will kick off this initiative this coming September under the title Know, Love & Serve. This centennial year will provide us with an opportunity to review our past, particularly with the publication of our diocesan history, Children of the Sun. Know, Love & Serve will open the door to the future, as we identify our needs, dreams and hopes for the next one hundred years.
This letter, in addition to being a public announcement of the planning initiative is an invitation to begin a conversation among yourselves about the input you would like to offer. There will be several occasions this Fall to complete surveys and to engage parishioners in meetings, but for now I invite you to simply consider in your conversations and personal reflections what would you like our Church, our faith communities, to look like in the decades ahead. How can we better witness to Christ as we reach out in service to others and remain faithful to a faith that is ever ancient and ever new?
This letter gives me the chance to thank you for all you do, as employees in our parishes, schools and institutions, as lay leaders, as vowed religious and ordained ministers, as volunteers and parishioners. I ask that you keep the success of Know, Love & Serve in your prayers, as I pledge to you my own for you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich
P.S. Already you are most welcome to send our planning committee any comments which you would like to be taken into consideration at: KnowLoveServe@dioceseofspokane.org
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