Seeing Natural Bridges: A Collaborative Visioning Planning Process fror Diocesan Pastoral Planning.
In September 2013, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham asked every parish without exception to participate in the work of its pastoral care area. Twenty-five PCA (Pastoral Care Area) Planning Teams worked together to find ways to collaborate and respond to the current challenges of parish life including demographic shifts, lower Mass attendance and sacramental activity, high density of parishes in one geographic area, economic stress and fewer clergy to staff individual parishes. Each PCA was asked to submit a report of recommendations to the Office of Pastoral Planning who with the College of Consultors have been reviewing all of the information in order to share a report with the Bishop for future planning. Bishop Cunningham will share his initial thoughts on the recommendations through this website, the Catholic SUN, Facebook and Twitter, parish bulletins, letters to households and meetings with clergy. We invite each and everyone of you to be informed, become involved and join us in prayer as we walk together in this process to strengthen the Diocese of Syracuse.