“But the LORD answered me,
Do not say, ‘I am too young.’
To whomever I send you, you shall go;
whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
As I have continued my “inventory of gratitude” that I mentioned in my email last week, it is becoming abundantly clear that there are three things that make Catholic Leadership Institute’s mission possible:
- Faith – the core of all we do
- Philanthropy – the spark that ignites transformative ministry
- Faces –the leaders, the doers, the ones who carry out our ministry, and the disciples who are leading others to Jesus. The faces of our ministry care deeply about the future of our faith. But they don’t just hope. They act intentionally, tirelessly, and with Jesus as their guide to make the future a reality.
Today I invite you to meet two of those faces: Alex and Katherine.
The Catholic leaders you invest in and empower – of all ages and demographics, with a myriad of talents and passion, and filled with a desire to forge the future of our Church – are making a difference at every level of parish life.
In gratitude, I am so happy to introduce you to these two young, passionate faces of Next Generation Parish Orlando who are instilling life, light, and leadership into formation of youth and young adults.
I hope that their stories and work help not just to make you feel the impact of your work… but to put faces to the momentous change you are inspiring.
A Community of Believers
St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park, Florida, has courageously embarked upon the Next Generation Parish endeavor. One of the highlights of this parish’s journey has been the creation of a parish plan that is guiding their community into the future… and creating space for new leaders to rise up within the parish. Two of those leaders are Alex and Katherine.
Through a blend of data analysis of our Disciple Maker Index results, interviews, discussions, and envisioning, , three clear priorities arose for the people of St. Margaret Mary:
- Spiritual Growth
- Formation of Youth and Young Adults
To ensure that this plan becomes more than just a hope, the parish has assigned volunteer leaders to drive forward the vision and goals. These volunteers are investing immense prayer, effort, and energy to propel their parish forward in each of these three areas.
A Heart for Young Leaders
One of the most critical factors of Next Generation Parish is the emphasis on engaging, empowering, and equipping the next generation leaders of our faith.
The two individuals you will meet below have become drivers of change, faith, and ownership. They have taken ownership of the Formation of Youth and Young Adults objective of their plan.