Diocesan Pastoral Plan
The diocese has released “A Community of Missionary Disciples: A Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Lexington.” Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” the pastoral plan emphasizes the Church’s mission to the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
“It is my hope and fervent prayer that our local Church will embrace this vision and commit to the transformation of society that is at the heart of the Gospel call to conversion,” said Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington.
Pope Francis, the document noted, “has challenged local Churches throughout the world to place mission above maintenance, to not be satisfied with the way things have always been done, to engage young people fully in the mission of the Church and to reveal the mercy of God in all that we say and do.”
The pastoral plan states five mission priorities for the Diocese of Lexington: evangelization, sacramental ministry, unity/communion, faith formation and stewardship. By holding listening sessions throughout the diocese, the plan was informed by the needs of the local, its strengths as well as its weaknesses. Areas of focus within these priorities include outreach to young people, promotion of dialogue and unity, the fostering of cultural diversity, development of new avenues for catechesis, care for creation and nurturing communication and collaboration between different regions of the diocese.