Our recently published Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan describes how we will be forming pastorates that “…will be centers of worship and prayer that promote lifelong conversion and reverence for the Catholic faith.” As parishes “come together,” as my colleague Daphne Daly wrote about a couple of weeks ago, and begin to work together to sustain a vibrant community that spreads the mission of the church, some changes will be inevitable.
In a recent blog post, Fr. Michael White quotes Blessed John Henry Newman who once wrote “In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” Fr. White goes on to write “If we want our churches to thrive, we have to accept that change is necessary.” He then laid out steps for leaders preparing for change but not sure where to start, not what to change but how to change. Read the rest of his post here: 6 Steps for Leading Through Change.