Monday, November 5, 2012

Archbishop shares vision for the future over dinner

Shepherd lays out three challenges
Caption: Archbishop Miller poses for a photo with Tom Peterson, president and
founder of Catholics Come Home, during the first annual Archbishop's Dinner Oct. 25.
Photo by Jeff Tsang / Special to The B.C. Catholic
Recently I joined almost 1000 Lower Mainland Catholics  at the first annual Archbishop's Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Oct. 25 to hear Vancouver's archbishop share his vision for the archdiocese:
"Where is the pathway of history pointing us as an archdiocese?" Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, asked. "The duty of the universal Church in any age, and so it is also for our local church, is to read the 'signs of the times'; that is, to discern the particular challenges, possibilities, and difficulties that confront it in living and proclaiming the good news."

The archbishop proposed three challenges at the event: to build up the infrastructure in the archdiocese, to foster a culture of vocation, to and bring fallen-away Catholics home.

But before the archbishop detailed his challenges, he talked about the successes and developments of the archdiocese over the last 50 years.

"Fifty years ago there were fewer than 120,000 Catholics in the archdiocese, about 13 per cent of the total population," he said. "Today, we are over 465,000, 17.5 per cent of the total."
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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