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SSAGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 48 August 7, 1992 S,,00eking consultation on Mission Statement Diocese of Evansville i Synod '93 Y SR. LOUISE BOND, S.N.J.M Chancellor Jesus had a purpose in life. "He told Simon and his :Ompanions, 'Let us move on the neighboring villages so flat I may proclaim the good lows there also. That is what have come to do.' So he Vent into their synagogues the good news and demons throughout whole of Galilee." (Mark 1:38-39) Again he said: "The Son of Man has not COme to be served but to g:erve -- to give his life in ran- SOrn for the many." (Mark 1fl:45) f0The Church does not exist r herself. She has a purpose rid her purpose is to con- Rue the work of Christ. But, vhat is the work of Christ day? In the last decade of le Twentieth Century? Here in southwestern Indiana -- a place verv different from the Galilee and Judea of Jesus' time? What is the good news we are to proclaim in southwest- ern Indiana? What are the demons we are called to expel in this age? In other words, what is the purpose of mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville? What is a Mission State- ment? A Mission Statement is a brief and clear statement of the purpose of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville at the present mo- ment in time and in the near future (the next five years). It puts into words who we are as a Church and what we must be doing in order to be faithful to Our Lord and ef- fective in his work. It indi- cates whom we are called to serve and in what ways we are called to serve them. It states the core values which guide us and our own uniqueness in who we are and what we do. Why is it important to de- velop a Mission Statement? St. Matthew tells us that at the sight of the crowds, Jesus' heart "was moved with pity. They were lying prostrate from exhaustion, like sheep without a shepherd." (Matthew 9:36) Both the abundance and the problems of southwestern Indiana are exhausting many people both in the Church and in our sur- rounding communities. There are so many good opportuni- ties and so many various needs. God has blessed the Church with many but lim- ited resources. A Mission Statement can provide shep- herd-like guidance. A Mission Statement will help everyone within the Church to keep their eyes fo- cused on the most important problems and opportunities. It will help us to put our at- tention, effort, and resources in the right place. It will pro- vide a framework to enable the diverse Catholic popula- tion throughout the diocese to channel their energy in a common direction. It will help us to clarify our values and to put the more impor- tant values into action. It will help those outside the Church understand who we are and what we are called to do. What are the characteris- tics of a good Mission State- ment? It is clear and understand- able. It takes no more than a minute to read. It speaks not only to the head but also to the heart. It not only makes sense but it is inspirational. It provides an answer to the following five questions. 1. Who are we as a Catholic Church in the Dio- cese of Evansville? There is a distinction between what the Catholic Church is and what it does. Would someone out- side the Church be able to un- derstand who we are by read- ing our Mission Statement? 2. In general terms, what are we trying to do as a Catholic Church in the Dio- cese of Evansville? The state- ment indicates the basic needs which we are trying to meet and the basic opportuni- ties to which we are trying to respond. It indicates the prin- cipal ways we are trying to serve or respond. 3. In general terms, toward whom are we directing our efforts? The statement indi- cates whom we are trying to reach, serve or involve. 4. What are the core values that guide us as the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville? The statement in- dicates the type of Church we want to be and how we want to carry out the Lord's inin- istry. 5. What makes us distinc- tive or unique? The statement indicates how we are differ- ent from other churches (e.g., the Lutheran Church in Evansville or the Catholic Church in Chicago) and other organizations and institutions (e.g., the Department of So- cial Services). It points to the See SEEKING page 9 Father William ByPAUL R. LEINGANG, Message Editor he'. Father William Traylor, a priest of theDiocese Of Evansville, is now the pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Greater Brussels, Bel- tmi Father Traylor, who most recently served as pastor of St. Agnes 'ch, Evansville, left southwestern Indiana on Wednesday,' July 22. The ".All along, my feelings have been mixed," said Father Traylor, in a telephone interview the evening before his departure. He was spending the evening with his parents, Wayne and Patty Traylor, at their home in Vincennes. Five brothers and one sister also live in Vincennes; one sister ebrated lives in Palm Springs; Calif. parishes. HE Father Traylor said he was very excited about going to the place Masses in his rectory. where he had lived for three years while in graduate school. He was ex- , cited about the challenge of hisnew parish, and about being able to pay back the seminary he a{tended. "I am very sad to leave," he added, "Very sadto leave that which is home, that which is family and St. Agnes which felt like.home," He acknowledged that the new assignment will be'very different from another assignment within the diocese, where he migtit easily return to St. Agnes for a visit. His new assi milesaway. Before his ordination, seminary studies at the American B ium. An alumnus of EI pc th th new ish,: e kas His bilities in their among expectations is years at l in that language. not much more." that the pastor,' "to visit mr , } salo 1 r he is, should not sever , will or ,  ,e ,