Aparecida 518no: Pastoral Agents, Present and Future

The last two of fifteen proposed developments for pastoral agents in the city:

518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral agents, as disciples and missionaries, must to strive to develop:

n) Decentralization of ecclesial services so that many more pastoral agents are involved in this mission, taking professional categories into account.

This requires care. Some efforts are improved by a centralization of resources. Others, usually the ones that deal directly with people in need, are better structured when they are easily accessible in many different places.

And finally, an agenda for seminary formation:

o) Pastoral formation of future priests and pastoral agents, capable of responding to the new challenges of urban culture.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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