At the start of every Next Generation Parish initiative, it’s essential that we meet the pastor and parish staff where they are in their faith and leadership journey. Fr. Ed Yuhas is the pastor of St. James and St. Katharine Drexel parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He recently shared with us how NGP prepared him for this journey.
“I appreciated the approach to the Pastor Orientation... of meeting people where they are. In a post-pandemic Church, we are all looking for effective ways to make personal connections, journey together, and evangelize." Fr. Yuhas believes that the Next Generation Parish initiative helps to engage these four principles." This is exactly what I am looking for as a pastor of partner parishes!"
Lucille Smith [Next Generation Parish Advisor] conducted the on-site parish visits and met with key leaders in each parish. After the interviews, parish leaders provided the feedback of how invigorating the sessions were, with appreciation of such practical approaches... As a pastor, Next Generation Parish is a tremendous opportunity for me to grow and be challenged to build and maintain an even better cohesive leadership team with organization clarity to raise up missionary disciples, with renewed energy and inspiration to grow our parishes as we journey together in faith on our pilgrim journey through life!
The Next Generation Parish initiative is an amazing gift that I look forward to bringing to our parishes so that we can continue to grow the Church, renew, and deepen our rich faith and prepare a future bright with the gift of hope in Christ who is always our Light!"
Please join me in praying for Fr. Ed Yuhas and his community as they envision and plan for the future of their community in the coming months.
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