Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 64-66: A Plan For Ministry

Moving into Part III of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. These paragraphs through 112 will cover “A Plan for Ministry—Goals, Principles, Content, and Approaches for Adult Faith Formation.”

The US bishops will consider “all the faith dimensions of an adult life

  • understanding and communicating the faith,
  • skills needed for personal growth,
  • the experience of family life, relationships, public service,
  • concern for the common good (64).”

As you might expect, the document recommends “a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life.” But it must be blended with life in the world (65). Subsequent sections will look at “goals, principles, content, and approaches.”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 64-66: A Plan For Ministry

  1. Joyce Donahue says:

    That list, of course, is missing “A personal relationship with Jesus Christ leading to the full commitment of discipleship.” I think that back when this was written the bishops underestimated the need for the person of Jesus in the picture. They also underestimated the cultural forces that make all these things difficult\ in parish life It’s a good starting point in general, but time has shown that even this imperfect vision has not risen as top priority.

    Makes you wonder how many bishops think that approving and issuing a USCCB document means that they have done what is needed. Forgive my cynicism, but putting a vision into words without a major initiative behind it to make it real has resulted in this document gathering dust on shelves.

    Why I feel so strongly about OHWB is because I have, since it came out written articles about it, taught seminars on it and encouraged it – and I still point back to its call to shift resources and attention to adults… but while that seems to get head-nods of agreement, few parish leaders and pastors are motivated to do the hard work of changing the paradigm of school-model for children and youth.

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