Thursday, July 2, 2009

St. John Vianney's pastoral plan

For the Year of the Priest, why not study the patron saint of parish priests?

Into this cultural milieu stepped the little priest from the village of Ecully, and he gave the people of Ars something they had never seen before. How did he do it? Our group detected eight basic features to his pastoral plan: 1) the conversion of his own life as a priest; 2) manifesting an approachable and available demeanor; 3) prayer and ascetical living; 4) channeling initial energy into those families already faithful; 5) giving special attention to the liturgy, preaching and catechesis; 6) addressing problems at their roots and not in their symptoms; 7) planting good habits of prayer and the works of mercy; and 8) doing it all with a strong priestly identity.

And while we're at it, here are fifty two movies, one for every week of the year. If you start now you won't have much catching up to do!

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