Welcome and thanks for stopping by. This is our new online space to support you and your parish as you go forth to make disciples. But it is really your online space. It offers several ways for your parish to benefit from being part of this diverse and gifted Premier See.
These benefits include:
First and foremost, we are here for you. Our team (Meet the Team) is ready and willing to help you in any way we can. We’ll respond right away to any email or phone call you send our way. But we’d also be more than happy to come out to your parish and work with you in person. You’ll find all of our contact information right here: “Contact Us”.
Clarity of Vision
Here you will find Archbishop Lori’s vision for our Archdiocese, expressed so well in his Pastoral Letter, A Light Brightly Visible. We’ve included an introductory video where he summarizes this vision, as well as his Vision Statement: “Be Missionary Disciples”, and an explanation of “missionary disciples” from Pope Francis’s exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium). This vision guides us as we all embrace the challenge of “missionary conversion”.
Pastoral Planning: What You Need to Know
The “Be Missionary Disciples” planning process puts into action the vision for missionary discipleship expressed in A Light Brightly Visible. Here you’ll find up-to-date information about the Be Missionary Disciples planning process, be able to take the Parish Survey ( coming soon), and find a variety of materials that support this process. The Office of Pastoral Planning is ready to assist you in your planning efforts, and welcomes your questions and comments. .
The Department of Evangelization represents over ten different areas of ministry: catechesis and adult formation, worship, sacraments, marriage and family life, Respect Life, youth, young adult, and campus ministry, disabilities and deaf ministry, and prison ministry. Each of them is eager to assist you to make missionary disciples in and through every aspect of parish ministry. Learn more about what we offer here.
Join the Conversation
The Blog: By subscribing to our blog, you will receive email notifications each time a new blog post is published. You will be the first to know of any new information concerning the planning process. You will always be up-to-date on what’s happening and what’s coming up next. And you’ll have a weekly source of the latest and most effective resources and best practices for making disciples, and for supporting your parish ministries.
The Resources You Need
We have created an online catalogue of the best and most effective resources available today for making disciples in the Church. We will be constantly adding to and improving this section. But what will make it valuable is not so much our own recommendation. It is when you rate and comment on resources yourself. And when you decide to share what you are doing that has proven fruitful. This way we will be able to see what is truly bearing fruit for the Church here in Baltimore. Not in theory, but in the lived experience of parish life today. If you don’t see something that you’re already using or doing, please contact us and let us know. We’ll be happy to include it. Browse our Resources here.
Need Assistance? We’re here for you.
Again, nothing can substitute face-to-face conversations, or at least connecting by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions, concerns, or needs you might have. And please call us to discuss how we might be of assistance to you as you take up the challenge to “go, and make disciples,” as expressed in Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter, A Light Brightly Visible. Contact us today.
Thank you for all you do to make the light of Christ shine so brightly on the face of your parish community. We hope to journey with you as you continue to move deeper into the exciting challenge of “missionary conversion”. As Pope Francis reminds us, “the important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters” (The Joy of the Gospel, 33.)
We’d love to hear from you: Do you have any questions about the website? Are we missing anything that would be helpful to you as you move forward with the Be Missionary Disciples process and the challenges of making disciples in your parish?