Dear Friends,

As someone who has worked for years in a parish, I know that it is a labor of love. It is joyful, rewarding, beautiful, and important. But it can also be exhausting, overwhelming, and so challenging. (Especially during the Christmas season!)

When I think about the work that CLI does, we strengthen what is beautiful about our parishes and give support to what may feel daunting.

I invite you to watch this video and meet Donna, a dedicated parish staff member who has gone from overwhelmed and stressed to purposeful and hopeful. You will see how our Next Generation Parish ministry is a source of hope, help, and as Fr. Tim Murphy says in the video “humility.”

I was struck by Donna’s words at the conclusion the video: “Through CLI and because of the changes I have seen in my parish, now I can celebrate the future.

Your giving to CLI makes that celebration possible and wonderful. Your giving embraces and inspires those who want the best for our parishes but just need support, love, and accompaniment to get there. Thank you.

This Christmas, you are in my prayers for a holy and faith-filled holiday season. I pray that your parishes are parishes of celebration and joy.

P.S. If you are inspired by what you see in the video and want to show your belief in our parishes, I invite you to give a gift to support Catholic Leadership Institute’s parish ministry!


by Jenn Fiduccia

December 04, 2023

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