While reflecting on the Feast of the Epiphany this week, the themes of wisdom, revelation, and generosity stood out to me. This feast reminds us that generosity is not optional; it’s a call, a passion, and part of our faith…
In our parishes, we have a great need to plan for the future. Planning requires knowledge. The questions in the Disciple Maker Index capture that wisdom we are seeking. The Wise Men followed the star to find Jesus. We need that guidance as well, and we need to know where the members of our diocese are in their spiritual journeys, in their beliefs, and in relation to their parish. The 75 questions within the Disciple Maker Index will shed light on those topics and help us create a path forward.
Within the Disciple Maker Index, there will be revelations in the data that will surprise us and challenge us. With Catholic Leadership Institute’s help, we can make a plan to build on what is working and to do better where we must improve. We will be equipped with the knowledge to say “no” to opportunities that do not address what is most important and the ability to say “yes” wholeheartedly to what will bring more people closer to Jesus Christ.
Generosity will be the catalyst to bring the Disciple Maker Index to parishes who are determined to do better, to spread the Gospel more fully, and to bring more people to know Christ more fully. The opportunity to equip parishes with this survey and its reports, outcomes, and insights is a gift that will create both immediate and resounding impact. The Magi shared gifts with our Lord, and philanthropy makes it possible for more Catholics to share their own gifts within our parishes.
The Feast of the Epiphany also celebrates the Baptism of our Lord. I believe that the Disciple Maker Index will ultimately allow more Catholics to live our own Baptismal call of discipleship, holiness, and evangelization…
Sincerely in Christ,
𝓓𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓼 𝓙. 𝓢𝓾𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓪𝓷
Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D.
Bishop of Camden
With gratitude for the gifts of leaders, philanthropists, and faithful Catholics, let us hold in our prayers courageous Catholics, bold bishops, and generous givers. May we appreciate, steward, and value their many gifts and graces – the next generation is depending on them!