Multiparish ministers invited to Oct. 24 workshop - Catholic Courier

Multiparish ministers invited to Oct. 24 workshop

A workshop on ministering in multiple-parish settings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Church of the Transfiguration, 50 W. Bloomfield Road, Pittsford. Pastors, pastoral administrators, parish staff, key parish leaders and other adults who minister in multiparish settings are invited to participate.

The event is cosponsored by the pastoral-planning offices of the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse dioceses in conjunction with the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. It is one of two pilot workshops taking place in the United States as part of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Organizers hope the event will help participants gain a greater awareness of the issues they need to consider when working in multiple-parish ministry, learn skills and strategies, and network with others in similar ministries.

“As we as a diocese have more clustering and consolidating parishes, there’s been expressed (a) need to really have more support,” said Karen Rinefierd, diocesan pastoral-planning liaison.

Last year the diocese held a networking day for those ministering in multiparish settings. Officials had expected only 10 or 20 people to attend but were pleasantly surprised when 80 people participated, Rinefierd said.

Since the networking event didn’t include guest speakers, Rinefierd said the Oct. 24 workshop will feature Mark Mogilka, director of stewardship and pastoral services for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and Charmaine Williams, director of planning and human resources for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. Both will give presentations that day.

Registration for the workshop is $16 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. The registration deadline is Oct. 10. To register, visit www.stbernards.edu and look for the workshop on the “Upcoming Events” page.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information, contact Karen Rinefierd at 585/328-3228, ext. 1255, or e-mail krinefierd@dor.org.

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