Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
“Go Make Disciples” is the new, five-year vision statement of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley recently announced in a pastoral letter.
The vision statement is the fruit of a 13-month process that included the formation of an archdiocesan envisioning team, eight listening sessions across the archdiocese and 12 six-hour discernment sessions facilitated by the Catholic Leadership Institute.
“This vision will guide our archdiocesan family over the course of the next five years,” the archbishop wrote. “It is where we are going. It is the vision against which we will evaluate and justify our initiatives, programs, ministries and expenditures. It reflects who we are and what we do.”
Simple and recognizable from Scripture, the three-word statement nevertheless has a meaning that can be probed endlessly, and Coakley provides ample fodder for reflection in the pastoral letter.
In the letter, Coakley also announced three archdiocesan priorities, each of which will be supported by two specific and measurable goals.
The first is “the new evangelization.” With support from staff and others, Coakley will create an Office of New Evangelization by Nov. 1. The director of that office, in turn, will initiate an archdiocesan new evangelization plan in 20-30 parishes and all diocesan offices by Nov. 1, 2014.
The second is “faith formation,” with goals to implement a year-long “Transforming Adolescent Catechesis” process in 12-16 parishes and Catholic high schools of the archdiocese by Nov. 30, 2014, and to increase participation in adult faith formation opportunities 5-10 percent throughout the archdiocese by July 1, 2015.
The third priority is “Hispanic ministry,” with goals to begin implementation of a plan to alleviate the overcrowding of churches with significant Hispanic populations in the Oklahoma City area by May 1 and to enroll the first class of a Spanish language basic adult faith formation program among Spanish-speaking Catholics in the archdiocese by June 1.
The archbishop’s full pastoral letter is available in both English and Spanish at www.archokc.org. Additional resources and a video introducing the new vision statement is also available there.