Bishop’s Blog: Ambassadors for Christ

Bishop’s Blog: Ambassadors for Christ

Parish Ambassador Formation Last Saturday, November 6, 123 ambassadors from 91% of parishes in the Diocese came together for a Parish Ambassador Formation Day. The day, organized by the Secretariat for the New Evangelization in conjunction with the ad hoc Revitalization Committee, marked the beginning of conversations

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Bishop’s Blog: Vocational Pathways

Bishop’s Blog: Vocational Pathways

Beginning the Synodal Process This Saturday, the Diocese will begin the next step in our participation in the two-year process leading up to the Synod of Bishops in Rome. The Synod of Bishops was instituted by Pope Saint Paul VI on September 15, 1965, with the motu

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Bishop’s Blog: Many Ways to Leave a Legacy

Bishop’s Blog: Many Ways to Leave a Legacy

  In Part 2 of my recent Pastoral Letter, Presenting the Future, I begin by asking a question, “What Church will we leave behind?” Have you considered how you might respond? Whether you have been worshipping as a Catholic your entire life or only entered the Church

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Bishop’s Blog: Steps Forward

Bishop’s Blog: Steps Forward

  Mass to Open Synod Process Last Sunday, I opened the diocesan phase of the Synod —For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission—in the Fall River Diocese in the context of Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. A synod indicates the way that the members of the

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Bishop’s Blog: Opportunities to Effect Real Change

Bishop’s Blog: Opportunities to Effect Real Change

  Recently, I was the featured guest in an episode of “A Conversation With…” on the New Bedford Cable Network. Host Jim Marshall interviewed me about the Fall River Diocese, our parishes, schools, and overall condition, following months of pandemic-imposed closures and restrictions. We also spoke about,

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Bishop’s Blog: Engaging the Past

Bishop’s Blog: Engaging the Past

  In February of 2019, nearly 400 people gathered with me and launched an intense six-month planning process which resulted in The Pastoral Strategic plan. This plan included over sixty recommendations for the determined priority areas. A Strategic Planning website— Fallriverplanning.org—was created to document a thorough “planning scorecard”

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