Realignment for Resources


Realignment of Resources for Mission
 

What is the Realignment of Resources about? 

In autumn 2019 Bishop Earl Boyea established a new 14-member committee to review how the resources of the Diocese of Lansing can be best used to better evangelize the 1.8 million people who live within the bounds of the diocese.

“Well, this Committee for the Realign of Resources for Mission in our diocese was really established in order to plan for the future. Where are we going? How are we going to evangelize in our area?” said Bishop Boyea upon the committee’s launch.

“How are we going to strengthen the faith of those who are members of the household of faith? How are we going to try win back those who have wandered away? And how do we bring in new members to the Church? How do we make Jesus Christ more present in our 10-county diocese?”

Bishop Boyea’s decision to establish the committee has been informed by several key statistics. The number of priests currently in active ministry across the diocese is 81 compared to the number of parishes which is 74. There is also a continued decline in people attending Sunday Mass with a loss of over 17,000 people since 2009.

The membership of the committee includes priests, deacons, and lay men and women from across the diocese who were nominated by the presbyterate and diocesan staff. Overseeing the process is Father Mathias Thelen of Saint Patrick’s in Brighton who has been asked by the bishop to chair the committee.

In his commissioning letter to the members of the committee, Bishop Boyea encouraged them to be “bold and innovative in exploring ideas for renewal and growth” and urged them to “envision a diocese with parishes that are fully alive communities of missionary disciples, with a vibrant sacramental life, where everyone can encounter Jesus Christ, most especially in the Eucharist.” It seemed fitting, therefore, that the committee’s emblem, created by designer Michelle Hildebrandt, is a compass with the Holy Eucharist at its center.

In recent months the committee has worked hard amassing data on the spiritual and temporal health of the Diocese of Lansing using various state-of-the-art analytical programs. This has included MapDashTM for Faith Communities which charts layers of demographic and statistical information, relevant to parish and diocesan life, onto an interactive map; Veracruz Strategic and Financial Consulting who have been reviewing the elementary and high school estate across the diocese; and the Disciple Maker Index and Called for More by the Catholic Leadership Institute which have attempted to gauge the spiritual temperature of both parishioners and priests.

“Now, however, the committee would like to hear from parishioners across the 10-counties,” says Father Mathias Thelen, “and so starting on Tuesday, April 21, we will be offering presentations to every parish community across the Diocese of Lansing on the Realign Resources for Mission process.” (ED- this process was delayed due to COVID and recently restarted this fall. For more information about the Townhall meeting at IHM, read the information below the video from Bishop Boyea)

Each presentation will be hosted by a member of the committee plus, in most cases, a member of staff from the Diocesan Curia, who will explain the Realign Resources for Mission process.

“The key thing, though, is to hear parishioners at these meetings,” adds Father Thelen, “What are your hopes and fears for the future of your parish and our diocese? What do you love about your parish? And what are your recommendations for its future? You tell us.”

The end result of the Realign Resource for Committee process will be a final report delivered to Bishop Boyea with recommendations for the future of the Diocese of Lansing.(Read the full article here at the Diocean Website

Watch this video from Bishop Boyea

 

Realignment of Resources Townhall Meeting with the Diocese at IHM.

The Diocese of Lansing Realign Resources for Mission Committee will be at our parish to meet with staff and parishioners in an effort to explain the reason, rationale and methodology of the Realign Resources for Mission process and, most importantly, to listen to parishioners' response of the process and how it could potentially impact our parish. 

The Townhall will consist of two components: 

1. A presentation on behalf of the Realign Resource for Mission Committee

2. Small group discussion followed by feedback from parishioners on your hopes and fears for the process; what you love or feel needs to be known about your parish; and any specific suggestions you may have for the future of your parish or the future of the diocese. 

WHEN: December 10, 2020 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Parish Family Center (COVID Guidelines will be in place -Masks and social distancing required) 

TIME: Approximately 90 minutes

To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realign-resources-for-mission-meeting-tickets-127353330239

For more information about the Committee, please visit:  https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/realign-resources-for-mission

You may also call the Parish Offiec at (517) 393-3030 to be added to the reservation list. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IHM Townhall Meeting

WHEN: December 10, 2020 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Parish Family Center (COVID Guidelines will be in place -Masks and social distancing required) 

TIME: Approximately 90 minutes

To register go to  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realign-resources-for-mission-meeting-tickets-127353330239

For more information about the Committee, please visit  https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/realign-resources-for-mission

You may also call the Parish Office at (517) 393-3030 to be added to the reservation list. 

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