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Keep up with the latest details and articles on the Archbishop’s Pastoral Plan.

Black Catholics gather to learn history and plan for future

ATLANTA—Some 250 members of the black Catholic community from around the Southeast joined efforts in Atlanta in early April for a day of prayer.

Father David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African Church, Chicago, and the liaison for the Black Catholic Initiative to the archbishop of Chicago, addressed a group of some 250 people at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Atlanta, about adhering to the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Pastoral Plan. He stated that following the master (Christ) is complying with the Pastoral Plan. He challenged the congregation to know it, live it and pass it on. Photo By Michael Alexander

Called “Faith in Action II,” the event at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Atlanta, broadened the reach of black Catholics to draw more people in the conversation about the community’s spiritual riches. In addition to Georgia, participants came from three states.

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From the Pastoral Plan, a new office to build links between Catholics takes shape:

ATLANTA—There are few Catholic churches in metro Atlanta that do not have a multicultural, multilingual congregation. Mass is celebrated in English, Creole, Vietnamese, Igbo, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and more around the 69 counties of the Atlanta Archdiocese.

A new Office of Intercultural and Ethnic Diversity has been organized to serve these many ethnic, language and racial groups in the Atlanta Archdiocese.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin Article by Andrew Nelson…

Black Catholics ‘talk as a family’ about Pastoral Plan priorities:

DECATUR—Caribbean beats mixed with African hymns and Negro spirituals when the crowd filled Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Softly repeating the prayer, “Be with us,” those gathered recalled the names of black saints and historical figures, from abolitionist Harriet Tubman and St. Benedict the Black to Father Cyprian Davis, OSB, the late black Catholic historian, and Sts. Monica and Augustine.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin Article by Andrew Nelson…

New Office of Life, Dignity and Justice formed

SMYRNA—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory has announced the formation of a new Office of Life, Dignity and Justice, comprised of the existing four ministries of Respect Life, Disabilities, Prison and Jail, and Justice and Peace.

In a letter to pastors and staff, Archbishop Gregory said, “These ministries, for that is what they truly are, have been active in the archdiocese for many years. By bringing them under this new umbrella office, our goal is to have a powerful team working in support of our people by actively Living and Sharing Our Faith with those of every age and station here in north Georgia.”

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New archdiocesan website to be unveiled July 1

ATLANTA—The Archdiocese of Atlanta’s website is about to have a fresh look on the outside as it also changes internally to a mobile-friendly platform.

Changing technology has aged the seven-year-old site.

“It was state of the art when it came out, but now it’s not,” said Jonathon Hanten, the webmaster of the archdiocese.

The new website will be more user friendly by adapting to how viewers read it, from looking at it on a desktop computer at work to standing in line at the grocery story and seeing it on a smartphone. It also ties in with the message of the recently released Pastoral Plan to engage with more faith-seekers on the Internet, although updating the site was in motion before the implementation of the plan.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin Article by Andrew Nelson…

Pastoral Plan Launched… Details in the latest Georgia Bulletin

ATLANTA—Unveiling the five-year Pastoral Plan for the Atlanta Archdiocese, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory has outlined the 14 priorities chosen as most critical by the laity, priests, religious and deacons of the Catholic community.

This is the “what” that needs to be accomplished over the next five years, Archbishop Gregory said. The exact method of “how” it will be implemented will be made concrete by the unique circumstances of each parish and mission, as its members respond to the plan.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin article by Nicole Golden….

ATLANTA—Leaders in the Archdiocese of Atlanta see the new Pastoral Plan as an opportunity to rethink how people are served in parishes, from how to pass on the Catholic faith to how to engage those who find themselves on the outside of the church looking in.

With its 14 recommendations, leaders view the 5,000-word document not as a series of to-do boxes to check off but as a vision statement they believe will assist the Catholic community to focus on priorities.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin article by Andrew Nelson….

 

As churches dig into Pastoral Plan, they are asked to prioritize, try new models

ATLANTA—Leaders in the Archdiocese of Atlanta see the new Pastoral Plan as an opportunity to rethink how people are served in parishes, from how to pass on the Catholic faith to how to engage those who find themselves on the outside of the church looking in.

With its 14 recommendations, leaders view the 5,000-word document not as a series of to-do boxes to check off but as a vision statement they believe will assist the Catholic community to focus on priorities.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin Article by Andrew Nelson…

Acts of the Apostles is a guide for our Pastoral Plan

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind.”

These words from last Sunday’s first reading brought back a vivid memory from my earliest years as a priest. I began my ill-fated homily that Sunday on which this same reading was proclaimed with a suggestion that this idyllic passage was as much a prayer and a longing as it was a reality for St. Luke as he wrote about church life in its initial moments. Even as a still very young priest, I knew and had already experienced some of the conflicts and disagreements that almost constantly were a part of ecclesial life 40 years ago—and things have not changed significantly since then.

Read the entire Georgia Bulletin Column by Archbishop Gregory…

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