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Rev. Jan Schmidt
Director of Pastoral Life & Evangelization
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
(513) 421-3131

A Vibrant Church

A Vibrant Church+
Living the mission of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

1.   Worship and Spirituality 1

2.   Catechesis and Education 2

3.   Pastoral Ministry 3 e

4.   Evangelization and Outreach 4 f

5.    Mission-Centered Leadership and Administration 5

6.   Mission-Centered Fiscal Solvency


1 [ Cf. Ecclesia De Eucharistia by Pope John Paul II and Sacramentum Caritatis by Pope Benedict XVI]
1a  See Congregation for Clergy, Priest: Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community (PPLPC), 28: Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis (SC) 34‐42, 45‐46; Congregation for Clergy, Directory on the Life and Ministry of Priests (DLMP), 45‐47; John Paul II, Christifideles Laici (CFL), 16‐17; 26‐30.
2 [ Cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi by Pope Paul VI and Ecclesiam Suam by Pope Paul VI]
2b  See Christifidelese laici (CFL), 60.
2c  See John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis (PDV), ch. 4, 43‐41; SC, 23‐26.
2d  See General Director for Catechesis, John Paul II, Catechesis tradendae
3 [Cf. Ecclesiae de Mysterio, Practical Provisions, article 9]
3e  See CFL, 27, on works of the apostolate, and 53, on care for the sick, homebound and needy. See also PPLPC, 22, 24, on the duties of the priest and PDV, 59, on the role of the lay faithful.
4 [ Cf. Pacem in Terris by Pope John XXIII]
4f    Add Paul VI, Evangeliii Nuntiandi; John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio; John Paul II, Novo Millenio Ineunte.  See also CFL, 34‐44 and PPLPC 29.
4g  John Paul II, Ut Unum Sint; Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Ecumenical Directory for Norms on ecumenism.
4h    CFL, 27.
5 [ Cf. Co‐Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, a Statement of the USCCB]
5i    In addition to the documents mentioned, you should have a link to the document of the Congregation for the Clergy, Priest:  Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community. See also PDV, 59; CFL, 23: and esp. CFL 31‐Pastors in service of communion.


+These ideas reflect an approach based on the “Ministerially Complete Fact Sheet” used in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the mid-80’s, the Parish Project: The Vibrant Parish sponsored in 1983 by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the National Pastoral Life Center (NPLC), as well as being in sync with the results of “The Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project” funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and published in The Changing Face of Church: Emerging Models of Parish Leadership, by Marti R. Jewell and David A. Ramey, 2010.  ++When applicable                                                                    02-02-2012


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