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Posted March 26, 2008

Find It Online -- Best Practices For Parishes

We have just been notified about a new institute aimed at enhancing parish life and ministry.

The director is Father Bob Duggan. You can link to this institute using the following website to learn more about his work.

Best Practices For Parishes

Here is an example of the offerings of Best Practices for Parishes.

Seven Dimensions of Parish Life

Best Practices for Parishes focuses on these seven dimensions of parish life, and each of the dimensions includes specific categories for study and assessment.

Prayer and Worship

Prayer and Worship includes the following thirteen categories:

Priority in Parish Life

Formation for Liturgical Ministers

Catechumenal Liturgies

Infant Baptism and Confirmation

Eucharist: Environment

Eucharist: Ministers

Eucharist: Music Eucharist: Ritual

Other Eucharist Contexts

Reconciliation and Anointing


Christian Burial

Prayer and Spirituality


Catechesis includes the following seven categories:

General Features

Areas of Special Emphasis

Program Administration

Catechists Learners


Parish as Learning Community


Evangelization includes the following eight categories:

The Parish’s Deepest Identity

Parish Support for Living and Sharing the Faith

Parishioner Participation in Faith Sharing

An Environment of Hospitality Outreach to Seekers and Inactive Catholics

Extending Invitations

Ecumenical and Inter-faith Relations

Discipleship in the Word

Justice and Charity

Justice and Charity includes the following eight categories:

Spirituality of Justice and Charity

Formation in Justice and Charity

Justice and Charity in the Liturgy

Justice and Charity: Collaborative Relationships

Parish Participation in Justice Parish Participation in Charity

Parish Participation in Solidarity

Parish Finances and Commitment to Justice and Charity


Stewardship includes the following nine categories:

Spirituality of Stewardship

Stewardship Formation

Everyday Ecology

Global Stewardship of the Earth

Sacrificial Giving Fiscal Management

Parishioner Involvement in Ministry/Mission

Leadership Development

Management/Human Resources

Ministry to Family / Pastoral CareMinistry to Family / Pastoral Care includes the following nine categories:

Domestic Church

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Enrichment

Non-Traditional and Special Needs Households

Pastoral Availability and Support Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction

Sick and Homebound Persons and Bereavement Ministry

Crisis Intervention

Minority and Diversity Issues

Community Building

Community Building includes the following seven categories:

Pastoral Planning

Pastoral Council


Small Christian Communities

Social Opportunities Neighboring Parishes, the Diocese and Beyond

Relations with Other Communities