One Church: encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy
Over two years ago, Archbishop George Lucas and the Archdiocese of Omaha Council of Priests discussed several major themes affecting the pastoral life of the archdiocese. From those discussions arose the idea of articulating a pastoral vision and priority plan for the archdiocese for the coming years.
Archbishop Lucas invited the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) to assist him in developing a vision for the future of pastoral life in the archdiocese. As an essential part of this process, he scheduled nine listening sessions last February and March to give the faithful a chance to reflect on their positive experience of Catholic life in the archdiocese, to think together about the challenges that face the archdiocese, and identify pastoral areas that could use more attention and effort. Several hundred people attended the rural and urban listening sessions including parish pastoral council members and members of various apostolates and ministries.
Soon after the last listening session, Archbishop Lucas appointed an envisioning leadership team, made up of clergy and laity, to work with him to receive what was offered at these sessions and to develop a practical vision for moving ahead.
Archbishop Lucas and the envisioning team met several times to prayerfully and collaboratively discern an archdiocesan mutually shared vision and pastoral priority plan. What follows is a pastoral priority plan guided by the Holy Spirit that answers the question Archbishop Lucas put to priests, his staff and those attending the listening sessions: “What is the Lord asking of us at this time in salvation history, in a particular way, over the next several years?”