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Roster set for Know, Love & Serve ‘leadership summit’

the Inland Register

(From the March 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

By this time next month, the Spokane Diocese’s Know, Love & Serve (KLS) pastoral planning process will have taken a major step forward.

On April 11-12 a select group of men and women will convene in a “leadership summit” at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane, to prayerfully consider input gathered from the 82 parishes and missions of the diocese, as well as from other Catholic entities which serve the Church in Eastern Washington.

The summit is an integral element of the diocese’s pastoral planning effort, which has busied God’s faithful in varying degrees of intensity for the past year or more.

Father Pat Kerst is pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley and St. Joseph Parish in Rockford and also serves as chairman of the KLS organizing committee. He recently announced the roster for the summit’s 50 members.

In addition to six members from the organizing committee, the group is comprised of priests and laity selected by the seven regions of the diocese, totaling 22. An equal number of members were carefully selected by the committee – with additions from Bishop Cupich – to reflect a balance of ethnicity, age and gender. Four members of the summit are women Religious; four are permanent deacons. The committee made a special effort to assure the inclusion of Native American, Vietnamese, Hispanic, and Anglo members.

“The members of the leadership summit come from a vast range of ministries in the local Church,” said Father Kerst. “These are men and women of faith who must have the common good of the Church in mind during their time together. The fruit of such openness to the work of the Holy Spirit will bless and enrich our diocese for years to come.”

During the months of January and February Bishop Cupich invited all the pastors in the diocese to engage their parishioners in listening sessions, surveys or other forms of information gathering. The focus of the effort was to identify the strengths of the parish and to put word to its dreams for the future as a community of faith.

The parishes submitted summary reports to the KLS organizing committee earlier this month. The reports were collated and summarized by Mark Mogilka and his staff at the Stewardship and Pastoral Services Office in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. Mogilka, who was commissioned to work with the priests of the diocese and the organizing committee, will facilitate the April summit.

“The challenge of the leadership summit is to be faithful to what the People of God have expressed in their summary reports, to bring it into focus, and start giving it practical shape,” Father Kerst said.

At the end of the summit, Bishop Cupich will be presented with a slate of recommendations regarding the future direction of ministry and service in the diocese. He then will use those recommendations as the substance of a pastoral letter which he is scheduled to mail in June to all Catholic households in the diocese. The letter will present an extensive pastoral plan and strategies for implementation by all the parishes over the next three to five years.

The diocese has received a special grant from an anonymous source to cover its expenses for conducting the KLS pastoral planning process, including some of the elements of its implementation.

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