The Archdiocese of Omaha has successfully completed pastoral planning for parishes and schools in the City of Omaha and in growth areas surrounding Omaha. The next wave of pastoral planning seeks to bring fresh vision and stronger vibrancy for parishes outside the Omaha metropolitan area. These parishes are located in the following six deaneries: Rural Southwest, Rural Central, Rural Northwest, Rural North Central, Rural Northeast, Rural Southeast. There are 87 parishes in these deaneries. They are organized around 52 clusters, that is, groupings of parishes served by a pastor.
The overall objective of developing a pastoral plan is to build parish communities that will be even more vibrant, full of engaged Catholics, capable and willing to reach out in the spirit of the new evangelization, and ready to meet the spiritual needs of the faithful. The plan will look to the next decade and beyond. It will incorporate long-range plans for Catholic schools with long-range plans for parishes.
The following sections (see sidebar) describe the objectives, approach to planning, planning process and timeline that will be used. Each group of deaneries will see adaptations of the process to their particular needs. Meitler will develop detailed schedules that will be communicated at the kick-off events in September.