The 2020 Pastorate Cohort is underway! Six pastorates have begun the work of studying and reflecting upon the challenges and opportunities for disciple-making that God has laid before them. Despite still being in the midst of a pandemic, these pastorates have recognized the unique opportunity that the current situation has given us to prepare now to “bounce forward, not bounce back” once the pandemic recedes. By strategically considering how God is calling us to shine the light of Christ in dark days as well as brighter ones, these pastorates bear witness to the great hope we have in Jesus and the promise that his Spirit is with us always, guiding our steps along the path of missionary discipleship.
The 2020 Pastorate Cohort includes:
- St. Peter (Oakland) (Fr. Tom Gills, pastor)
- St. Ann (Hagerstown) (Msgr. Bruce Jarboe, pastor)
- St. John (Westminster) (Fr. Mark Bialek, pastor)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Ellicott City) (Fr. Mike Triplett, pastor)
- St. Agnes – St. William of York (Catonsville) (Fr. Isaac Makovo, pastor)
- St. Ursula (Parkville) (Fr. Jason Worley, pastor)
Nominations are now being accepted for pastorates that wish to be considered for the 2020 cohort of pastorates activated for planning. Initial planning work would begin after October 1, using a virtual meeting environment.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is Sunday, September 20. The online nomination form can be found here. For additional information, please contact Daphne Daly, Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning at Daphne.Daly@archbalt.org or 410-547-5545.
Pastorate planning has looked very different over the past year, especially in the last six months! Find out what the 2019 cohort has been up to and how they have successfully navigated pastorate planning in a pandemic. Also in the newsletter you will find information about nominating your pastorate for the 2020 cohort, testimony from those who have taken up pastorate planning about the positive effect it has had, and ideas for how to get your pastorate headed on a path of missionary discipleship even if you have not been activated for planning.
The pastorate of St. Casimir-St. Brigid-St. Elizabeth of Hungary has completed their evangelization-based strategic plan. Their goal has been to bring their parishes together to evangelize the Canton/Patterson Park neighborhoods. Fr. Dennis Grumsey has been using his Pastorate Council to help to refine and implement the plan, which will focus on the large proportion of young adults in their community, who are often living in the neighborhoods for a short period of time. Some of their key initiatives include intentional accompaniment for young adults in the sacraments of marriage and baptism, as well as an expanded website and social media presence and direct outreach to new residents in the area. At the same time, the plan seeks to accompany and draw on the gifts of long-time residents and parishioners. The plan was shared with the parish communities at a series of listening sessions in November 2019 and presented to the Archbishop in March 2020. To view the plan, click here.
The pastorate of St. Francis-St. Mary & Holy Family continues to use their pastorate plan as a guiding document during the COVID-19 crisis. Their Mission to “Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples” has been echoed in their recent efforts to create an online campus along with their new website that is geared to seekers. Msgr. Jaskot and his team shared the plan during a message series called Blessed! in February. He commented recently that almost all of their priority strategies continue to be pursued, the only exception being the physical welcome initiatives that will resume when church starts to gather for Mass again. Their vision for their pastorate is to “Make Church matter that all may be fully alive in Christ” and this vision continues to guide all of their new initiatives. To see a copy of their plan, please click here.