The Archdiocese of Saint-Louis looks to the future and unveils a plan for the renovation of the church
ST. LOUIS — Saint-Louis has been a strong Catholic city for more than 250 years. The Archdiocese now looks to the next 50-70 years and the changes facing the Church and community.
“All new things come from the book of Revelation where God promises his people, ‘I will make all things new,’” said Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Archbishop of St. Louis. “We are reminded that as a church with 2,000 years of history, we are constantly updating how we bring the gospel to others.”
Rozanski unveiled his “All Things New” initiative. The faithful will hear the message during masses this weekend. The church is asking for input on what the future looks like for the next 50 to 70 years in St. Louis.
In 2014, a Disciple Maker Index survey was compiled to examine what awaits Catholicism in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
“What really nurtured the archdiocese for many years was immigrants especially from western and eastern Europe in the last century who came and established parishes,” Rozanski said. “We are in another era. We don’t have that influx of immigrants anymore. We have to bring the church to the people here.
Consolidating churches and schools across the region is something the archdiocese has been working on for the past decade, but change is inevitable. This is why this archbishop asks for the contribution of many, seeking prayer and discernment.
“We are looking at the structures we need in place,” Rozanski said. “We need to be flexible in saying what we have in our structures and institutions that help bring the gospel to others. So we are looking at all the possibilities. We reflect on the past, but we also remember that we are building for the future.
So far, more than 226,000 have responded to the survey. Expect an ever-changing archdiocese, the archbishop said.
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