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Bishop Noonan Announces New Vision for the Diocese of Orlando
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On March 28, Holy Thursday, Bishop John Noonan met with chancery employees to announce a new vision for the Diocese of Orlando that will direct the focus of ministry over the next several years.
“Teaching and Living the Light of Christ Jesus: Toward Goodness, Righteousness and Truth” is the new Vision, based on Sacred Scripture, Ephesians 5:8-10. The hope is that this Vision will unite all Catholics with their shepherd, Bishop John Noonan, who has been entrusted to lead the people of God in Central Florida and that the Vision will inspire Catholics to know their faith and live their faith as God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit has called each of us to do.
Bishop Noonan told Chancery employees, “We are 8 years away from the Synod in which a different Vision, also based in Scripture, was anointed: Witnesses to Hope, Alive in Christ. The Vision, “Teaching and Living the Light of Christ Jesus: Toward Goodness, Righteousness and Truth” is an embodiment of my predecessors’ Visions; that of Bishop Grady, Many Members, One Body, Many Gifts, One Spirit, and Bishop Wenski, Witnesses to Hope, Alive in Christ.
“We need to help people understand what we believe, the richness of our faith and how to integrate our faith into our world,” said Bishop Noonan. “We need to help people see that the Word of God has much meaning for our lives today.”
This vision was the fruit of a long planning process that began in the spring of 2012. That’s when Bishop Noonan gathered his diocesan leadership team to embark upon a process of team building, prayer and discernment. The goal was to assess the current needs facing our diocese and develop a vision that would help build the Kingdom of God by creating a vibrant, healthy and active faith community. This process was facilitated by the Catholic Leadership Institute. The team was composed of:
- Very Reverend John Giel, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
- Very Reverend Richard Walsh, Vicar General
- Carol Brinati, Chancellor for Administration
- Joseph Buranosky, executive director, Catholic Charities of Central Florida
- Henry Fortier, Secretary of Faith Formation Secretariat
- Dan Hardester, Secretary of Evangelization Secretariat
- Bryan Joseph, Chief Financial Office and Secretary of Administration Secretariat
- Heidi Peckham, Secretary of Pastoral Ministries Secretariat
- Meghan Post, president, Catholic Foundation of Central Florida
In January of this year, this leadership team began to discern and discuss new diocesan priorities to serve as a light for our path showing us the way to achieve the Vision in a concrete and measureable way. Three priorities, Enkindling Deeper Faith, Forming Leaders in Christ, and Harmonizing Ministries, will serve as these guideposts.
The priorities which the Cabinet established for the work of the ministries of the Chancery are also an extension of the work already begun through the Synod;
Grow in our personal, living relationship with Christ, enkindling deeper faith
Lead the Church to a new experience of holiness and abundant life in Christ; form leaders in Christ
Share God’s love for all people; harmonizing ministries
Toward fulfillment of these priorities, Bishop Noonan and his leadership team continue to finalize goals which will enhance the ministries and services at the Chancery level for the benefit of the Diocese.
Bishop Noonan asks all of us to look within our own parish communities. Is the experience of the celebration of Mass a priority for your community? If not, perhaps there is an opportunity to embrace the vision, Teaching and Living the Light of Christ: Toward Goodness, Righteousness & Truth, for each parish and consider how that might be applied to the parish community.
Bishop Noonan said, “Possibly, you and your staff might embrace the Priorities of the Chancery and set goals at the parish level. The deans might adjoin the parishes to consider the Priorities as a deanery and how those might come alive through collaboration.”
We seek to build the Kingdom of God by creating a vibrant, healthy and active faith community. As a diocese, we will be exploring new ways to reach more people with the message of Salvation offered by Jesus Christ, as well as enhance our ministry to families, youth, college students, seniors, adults, the hungry, the disengaged, people from other cultures. Bishop Noonan concluded, “My hope is that this Vision will unite us with each other and inspire Catholics to know and live their faith more fully.”