Aparecida 168-169: Diocese As Missionary Community

Today, a first word from Pope John Paul II:

168. The diocese is called to be a “missionary community” in all its communities and structures.(Christifidelis Laici 32)

Followed by an important directive from the
Aparecida bishops:

Each diocese needs to enhance its missionary awareness,

  • going out to meet those who do not yet believe in Christ within its own territory, and
  • respond adequately to the major issues of the society of which it is a part.
  • But it is also called to go out with a maternal spirit to seek all the baptized who do not participate in the life of the Christian communities.

So, evangelization of those yet to be baptized lists first. Advocating for justice is here too. Note the importance of reaching out to inactive Christians. Not just Catholics.

A certain unity of purpose should exist, something that inspires and build up other people:

169. The diocese, presided over by the bishop, is the first realm of communion and mission. It should inspire and lead a renewed and invigorated collaborative pastoral work so that the variety of charisms, ministries, services and organizations are directed toward the same missionary project in order to communicate life in its own territory. This project, which arises from a journey of varied participation, allows for collaborative ministry capable of responding to new challenges. For a project is only efficient if each Christian community, each parish, each educational community, each community of religious life, each association or movement, and each small community is actively part of the collaborative ministry of each diocese. Each is called to evangelize in a harmonious and integrated manner as part of the pastoral project of the diocese.

For a deeper look, remember to check the English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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