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Sept. 13, 2017

By Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ
Diocesan Director of Faith FormationSr Ellen Rose

Ogdensburg – Seventy-seven participants from across the diocese -  some currently involved in parish leadership, others selected by pastors as potential leaders -  attended an Aug. 23 workshop at Wadhams Hall that introduced a new initiative of the Department of Faith Formation and addressed aspects of parish leadership.

The workshop was a collaborative effort of the diocesan offices of Faith Formation, Youth, Vocation, Evangelization and Formation for Ministry.

In parishes today, we must look more and more toward lay leadership to help fulfill the parish’s mission. Our parishes already have many people who have assumed leadership roles. They, as well as future leaders, may need some assistance, guidance and formation in their current leadership positions. In addition, parishes always need to form new leaders.

The Department of Faith Formation has sponsored CORE for many years. Originally begun as a means to nourish the ministry of catechetical leaders, over the years CORE welcomed other parish ministers to nourish their ministerial life.

In light of the renewed diocesan vision, we are replacing CORE with LEAD (Leadership for Evangelization and Discipleship).

During the course of a year, the Department of Faith Formation will provide three Diocesan LEAD events for on-going ministry development for current and potential parish faith formation and pastoral leaders.

In addition, the Western and Eastern Regional Offices will provide a minimum of three meetings in their respective regions to address the specific needs of the LEAD members in their area.

The Department of Faith Formation is committed to helping parishes form leaders for parish ministry. Leadership is a vital component in the implementation of our diocesan priorities. Vibrant parishes utilize the gifts of all the baptized, clergy and laity. Anyone in a parish ministry role, no matter how small or great, is encouraged to participate in LEAD.

Additional information on LEAD is available from Deacon Patrick Donahue at the Western Regional Faith Formation Office, pdonahue@redony.org or 315-782-3620.

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