The Building Stronger Parishes research project explores how Catholic parishes, in various contexts, use their strengths and available resources to respond to a variety of challenges. Particular emphasis is given to stories of vitality and hope that bring life to their communities and have an underlying foundation in an ecclesiology of communion.
A HANDBOOK FOR BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES: Case Studies, Reflections, Worksheets, Action Plans
In this new book, Dr Trudy Dantis draws on her ground-breaking research into factors that lead to parish vitality to provide Australian case studies with down-to-earth examples of what can be achieved in eight key areas that lead to stronger parishes: planning, spirituality and faith formation, liturgy, community building, welcoming and hospitality, outreach, evangelisation and leadership.
This work is supported by the ACBC Pastoral Research Office Director Robert Dixon’s helpful introductory articles enabling parishes to build up a comprehensive parish profile from readily available information.
The handbook is now available for purchase from: garrattpublishing.com.au
ADVANCE NOTICE: MELBOURNE BOOK LAUNCH
Friday 9 December, ACU St Patrick’s Campus
More details coming soon….
BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES REPORT SERIES 2016
Following the Project Report published in May 2015, six sub-reports have been produced on various aspects of parish vitality arising from the research. These are available in hard copy and downloadable formats.
“The more we can share with others, the more we define ourselves by our letting go and the more we can make a difference in whatever way we can to people who have less”
“Hospitality is No. 1. You look after people like you would at home”