Renew My Church is a faithful response to Christ’s call to renew His Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago; it is a journey that is both spiritual (to re-encounter Jesus Christ as disciples and parish communities) and structural (to ensure our parishes have adequate resources for vitality).
Through Renew My Church initiatives, the Archdiocese will re-commit our local Church to our gospel commission to make disciples, build vital communities of faith and inspire witness to bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need. These mission imperatives guide all that we do in and through the spiritual and structural efforts of renewal.
One initiative of Renew My Church is focused on increasing the vitality of local communities. Cardinal Cupich has asked our parish to come together with the other parishes in our grouping to start a process of reflection, discernment, and planning to consider how we can collaborate and combine resources so that we are better equipped to bring Jesus Christ to the world today.
Our journey from now through December will entail collaborating with our neighbors to:
- Assess the current situation in our community,
- Understand the criteria and principles for our planning efforts,
- Discuss possible scenarios for how our grouping’s parishes and schools could be structured in the future, and
- Compile our feedback to share with Archdiocesan leadership and Cardinal Cupich.
Let us hold each other and the other parish and school communities in our grouping in prayer as we enter this time of rededication to our faith in Jesus Christ and planning for the future.
As always, for more information, visit RenewMyChurch.org.
Our Grouping Process Timeline
Creating vibrant parishes requires that we evaluate the business structures (how we operate), buildings, facilities, and financial requirements of existing parishes to assess where we can more prudently apply our resources to support and strengthen key ministry leadership roles, programs and activities. Ultimately, we must be good stewards of the gifts we have today to ensure they’re able to support the faith lives of Catholics both today and in the future.
To that end, the Grouping Feedback & Discernment Team (Lorena Bravo, John Dee, Ann Hurley, Matt Lungaro, Odessa Simich, and priests of St. Agnes) will meet from now through the Fall to discuss and prayerfully discern the ministerial and operational strengths and challenges of the parishes and schools within our particular grouping (St. Agnes along with St. Ann-Lansing, St. John-Glenwood, St. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Irenaeus, St. James-Sauk Village, St. Kieran and St. Paul). Eventually the team will provide feedback and information about its grouping for archdiocesan leadership to review and present recommendations to Cardinal Cupich so he can make final decisions regarding potential changes to school and parish structures.
Along the way, there will be opportunities for everyone in our own parish to learn about the details of those conversations, ask questions, and share their own points of view on the strengths and concerns of any potential changes.