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EDITORIAL | All Things New surveys are an important part of planning for the future of the local Church

All Things New surveys are important part of planning for the future of the local Church

In the last several months, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been invited to participate in several surveys as part of All Things New, the archdiocese’s strategic pastoral planning initiative.

Catholics have been posed questions via the Disciple Maker Index survey, a Catholic education survey, several listening sessions as part of the Synod on Synodality, and most recently, a young adult survey.

Participation in these surveys has provided vital information, because the information gathered is an opportunity to help all of us as we discern the future of the Church in St. Louis.

“We cannot discern well without good information,” said Father Christopher Martin, vicar for strategic planning for the archdiocese. “While we can look at our records and see where people live, how many attend Mass where, how many children are in our schools etc., the Disciple Maker Index allows us to catch a glimpse of our strengths and opportunities for growth on a spiritual level.”

Likewise, the education survey results will help to establish benchmarks for what a vibrant Catholic school should look like, both in identity and mission, Father Martin said in this week’s edition.

One of the fruits of the Disciple Maker Index survey was that it identified seeing more young people involved in parish life as a top priority of respondents. As a result, young adults ages 18-39 have been invited to offer specific feedback on their beliefs about the Church, and their interests, needs and experiences in parishes. That survey is available online at allthingsnew.archstl.org/ Ways-to-Engage/Young-Adult-Survey through Sept. 12.

This fall, Catholics will be invited to attend listening sessions throughout the archdiocese, which will reveal proposed models for the future structure of our parishes, schools, ministries and more.

The feedback you provided through these surveys is an important part of what’s to come this fall. And your participation in these sessions is critical in helping shape the future of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Holy Spirit, please continue to guide us as we continue to discern the future of our Church here in St. Louis. Because ultimately, we need to change in order to effectively share our faith in Jesus Christ in a way that is sustainable for generations to come.

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