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SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION ; I JANUARY 1994 E i i, i |H i, u, Implementation Team, diocesan staff, move forward on Synod goals By PAUL p LEINGANG Message editor ,h a total P diocese? How do a deeper under- the sacraments? call forth and em- Otions took months leading up to the '93. answers is the chal- s in various roles in the months SYnod. tings within the helped move of Evansville for- the goals of the people the two meetings that the work is of the Synod Ira- Team met at the on Sunday af- }" Members of Gettelfinger's met on Monday o Continue their Team the planning by dioce- COordinators, liked about ad also listed Team Sauer attended meeting, recommenda. been made. and coor- that their Impressive listed Practical and Team noted that in any of the Important education Pastoral life co- or re-edu- in the dio- Indiana IIGG editor an un. toward col- COoperative in Indi- grant from A. Gettelfin. ant fits well dealing the liocese of diocese a of lay north- SoUthern In- Members of the Synod Implementation Team and facilitators gather for a Sunday afternoon session at the Catholic Center. From left, seated, they are Thomas J. Cici Jr, Evansville; Sister Geneva Stumler, O.S.B., Evansville; Gertrude Howard, Evansville; Father James Sauer, Boonville; standing, Helen Boettcher, Evansville; Sister Louise Bond, S.N.J.M., chancellor; Sister Therese Gillman, O.S.F., facflita. Mary Jo Wichman, cennes; Sharon ter Jane McConnell, III I Other recommendations in- volved concerns about coordi- nation of the efforts of various offices, expecting too much work from some staff mem- bers, and an awareness of pro- grams and activities already doing what the Synod is direct- ing the diocese to do. Questions were raised about how the ob- jectives would be prioritized and how they would be mea- sured or evaluated. Other questions concerned how lay II I I II I leaders would be called forth into areas of ministry based on their gifts and talents, and how the goals and objectives would be communicated to the diocese as a whole. At their meeting, diocesan directors and coordinators had their first chance to see how the objectives of their individ- ual offices might fit into the whole effort of the diocese. Bishop Gettelfinger ac- knowledged that fitting several processes together is difficult. I I I I His staff is working to be faith- ful to the direction of the Synod while living Within the realities of the budget and staff, the bishop said. While planning is an ongo- ing activity of diocesan staff, the staffs relationship to the Synod Implementation Team is brand new, noted Sister Louise Bond. In order to get a greater un- derstanding of the planning and budget processes, mem- bers of the Synod Implementa- I I Ill I I II IIII 11 I tion Team are being invited to a joint session of the Council of Priests and the Diocesan Fi- nance Council Jan.:27, At that meeting, the budget for the coming fiscal year -- Septem- ber 1994 through August 1995 will get its first, preliminary review. Members of the Synod Im- plementation Team will meet again in March. The team's Executive Committee will meet in February. dioceses awarded grant to assess lay ministry diana,  according to Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor of the Diocese of Evansville. The study in Indiana will proide the kind of information gathered in a similar study, which was conducted by the National Pastoral Life Center in New York in 1992. That study was entitled "New Parish Ministers," and it, too, was funded by Lilly Endow- ment, Inc. The purpose of the study in Indiana "is to examine'the emerging relationships be- tween and among clergy, reli- gious and laity," according to Sister Bond. "It will also look at the new roles, responsibili- ties and procedures now evolv- ing, and the apparent effective- ness of these ministers as per- ceived by themselves and by knowledgeable observers inthe parish." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- get said the study fits particu- larly well with with two of the goals of the diocesan Synod. Goal 2.1 states: The Diocese of Evansville will call forth and empower lay leadership to serve and promote the mission of the Church." Goal 2.2 states: "The Diocese of Evansville will research, de- velop, and implement a leader- ship development process which trains and supports leaders for ministry in Church life." Directing the project in the four Indiana dioceses will be Susan Weber of Indianapolis. David DeLambo, formerly of the National Pastoral Life Center, will serve as data ana- lyst. James Davidson, profes- sor of Sociology at Purdue Uni- versity, will provide computer support. The Indiana project will in- volve research in two phases. The first phase uses a "survey instrument  (questionnaire) sent to all pastors this month, to identify individuals in paid positions in lay ministry at the parish level. In late spring, a second sur- vey will be used, but this one will be sent to all pastors and lay ministers employed by parishes. This survey is de- signed to examine such issues as job satisfaction, spirituality, staff relations, work condi- tions, and ongoing education and formation nesds , ': In early fall; inteews will be conducted at randomly se- lected parishes in each of the dioceses. The interviews are designed to confirm research findings, and to gain new infor- mation and insights regarding lay ministry. Comprehensive reports on the research findings will be completed by early winter, The bishops will also receive re- ports with details on their own dioceses. What happens next? The bishops and representatives of the four dioceses plan to meet after research is complete and the findings reported -- and then determine what the next steps should be.