October 9, 2013

Renewal Congress Closes on a Note of Optimism and Enthusiasm
Bishop Brian Dunn closed the Diocesan Renewal Congress, ‘Rebuilding My People, the Church’ with a message of encouragement for the approximately three hundred delegates in attendance, made of up parishioners, deacons, women religious, and clergy from all corners of the Antigonish Diocese.

“May the delegates of this congress be the salt of the earth and the light of the world for the renewal of our diocese and parishes, Read More here

All Press Releases from The Renewal Congress may be found here



DIOCESE OF ANTIGONISH
The PROPOSED 5 YEAR PASTORAL PLAN
is available on-line in various formats:
In Word Doc format: Click here
In pdf format: click here
Posted: Sept. 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM




CONGRÈS DIOCÉSAIN DU RENOUVEAU 2013
DIOCESAN RENEWAL CONGRESS 2013

Letter from Pope Francis regarding the Diocesan Renewal Congress (Dated July 16, 2013)
Letter from Bishop Brian Dunn:


Press Release and Photos from the Day of Preparation on Sept. 14, 2013




Photo Album of the Day of Preparation
Day of Preparation Held Sept. 14, 2013 for delegates to the Diocesan Renewal Congress
Photos by Eric Boutilier, Gardiner, NS





Our Diocese is hosting a Renewal Congress entitled "Rebuilding My People the Church".
This Congress of delegates from each parish along with priests, religious, deacons, diocesan personnel, renewal movements and organizations like CWL, KOC, St. Vincent de Paul, Development and Peace, etc. will gather to decide on a Five Year Plan for our diocese.

  • Additional Information can be found here (Posted Jan 20, 20.)

    Renewal Congress Planners






  • CONGRÈS DIOCÉSAIN DU RENOUVEAU 2013
    DIOCESAN RENEWAL CONGRESS 2013


    Our Diocese is hosting a Renewal Congress entitled "Rebuilding My People the Church".
    This Congress of delegates from each parish along with priests, religious, deacons, diocesan personnel, renewal movements and organizations like CWL, KOC, St. Vincent de Paul, Development and Peace, etc. will gather to decide on a Five Year Plan for our diocese. To provide parishioners with as much information as possible at this time, the Planning Team has prepared a brochure.
    These brochures are available for distribution in our church on Sunday. Please read the brochure and if you have any questions, concerns or even recommendations, please call the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 539-6188 ext. 235.

    DIOCESAN RENEWAL CONGRESS 2013 INFORMATION
    The Diocesan Renewal Congress 2013 is now less than a year away. To better

    understand this event, a question and answer series will be appearing in your parish bulletin in upcoming weeks. These brief pieces of information will cover a wide range of topics related to the renewal project. For more information, go to www.antigonishdiocese.com
    Q. What is the Diocesan Renewal Congress 2013?
    A. Our Congress is a gathering of delegates from all the parishes in our diocese. Using the compiled information from the surveys and meetings held throughout the diocese over the past year and a half, delegates will review the summary recommendations for our five-year diocesan plan.

    Q. Have diocesan assemblies such as this Congress been held other places?
    A. Yes, they have been held across the country and around the world. In Canada, they have been held in Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick, and other places.

    Q. When and where will the Diocesan Congress 2013 take place?
    A. Rebuilding My People The Church – Diocesan Renewal Congress 2013 – will be held Oct. 6 – Oct. 9, 2013 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center in Sydney, N.S.

    Q. Why was the date for our Diocesan Congress set for this particular time?
    A. A lengthy preparation time was needed to gather information from all those in the diocese who wanted their voice to be heard. The Congress comes at the end of the Year of Faith, and at the beginning of the Year of Evangelization. It also responds to the need to revitalize the Diocese after dealing with the sexual abuse scandal.
    QUESTION #3 - HOW IS THE RENEWAL CONGRESS FINANCED?
    ANSWER:
    No money is available from diocesan sources. Other sources had to be found. The Planning Team approached the Bishop Power Family Charitable Foundation for a grant. The Board of Directors approved a starter amount of $10,000.00. This was followed by donations from priests $6000.00; laity $2000.00; Sisters of the diocese $7000.00; CWL $100.00; KOC $50.00 and a donation in memory of a loved one $50.00. There is an additional grant from the Bishop Power Foundation of $12,500.00 Total to date is $37,700.00. We still need to raise approximately $25,000 to meet the projected budget.
    Donations are gratefully accepted from clergy and laity for which a tax deductible receipt is given.
    Send to: Diocesan Pastoral Center, PO Box 100, Sydney, NS, B1P 6G9 c/o Diocesan Renewal Congress
    QUESTION #4 - WHAT IS MEANT BY A ‘FIVE YEAR PLAN” FOR THE DIOCESE?
    ANSWER:
    Delegates at the Diocesan Renewal Congress are mandated to formulate a plan for direction in our diocese, with goals and time lines that are related to the needs voiced by the people in the Questionnaires that many answered. After five years, the achievements will be evaluated and further plans can be made to meet our needs. Delegates are committing themselves , their parishes and diocese to a common vision and action. We’re in this together!
    QUESTION: Who are the delegates of the Rebuilding my People the Church Diocesan Renewal Congress and what do they do?
    ANSWER
    The delegates are those parishioners, clergy, religious, diocesan staff, renewal movements and diocesan organizations who will work through the Proposed Draft Five Year Plan. They commit themselves, diocese and parish to the Plan on which they have agreed by the end of the three day Congress.
    Information packets have already been sent to all pastors and chairs of Parish Pastoral Councils indicating the numbers from each parish and deanery , the criteria for selection, and the requirements to attend the Day of Preparation Sat., Sept. 14 at St. Louis Parish Hall, Louisdale and then at the Congress itself, Oct. 6-9.
    Application forms have been sent to all parishes to be copied for distribution to parishioners. If a parishioner wants to be a delegate he/she should fill out the application form and bring it to their parish office by April 12 (at the latest!) so that Parish Pastoral Council and pastor may make the selections and submit names to the Diocesan Office by June. At that time, more information will be sent to those chosen delegates regarding any need for billeting, and other information needed to be a delegate.
    For information please call 539-6188 ext. 235 or email liturgy@dioceseofantigonish.ca

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    Q. How can I find out more about being a delegate or about the Congress itself?
    A. Listed below are the Team Members across the Diocese. Feel free to contact a member from your area, or anyone on the list for more information.
    Pictou:
    Paula Cassidy 923-2588 d.cassidy@ns.sympatico.ca
    Jennifer Hatt 755-2543 sealpoint@ns.sympatico.ca
    Kevin Gillis 755-1768 gillisks@gmail.com
    Antigonish/Guysboro:
    Elizabeth DeCoste 318-1778 decostee@gov.ns.ca
    . Marilyn Milner 735-2384 milnermarilyn@hotmail.com
    Monica Williams 863-2196 mwilliams@ns.sympatico.ca
    Richmond: Mary Samson 345-2612 marys@ns.sympatico.ca
    Inverness:
    Cecile Miller 248-2305 ccl.mllr@gmail.com
    Sr. Catherine MacEachern (CND) 945-2392 st.josrctr@ns.sympatico.ca
    Dwayne MacEachern 631-3408 dwaynemaceachern@yahoo.com
    Northside/Victoria: Rev. Mr .Greg Murphy (Deacons) 736-6726 gfmurphy@ns.sympatico.ca
    Sydney:
    Sr. Catherine MacFarlane, (CSM) 379-2224 macfscm@yahoo.ca
    David Nearing 849-1856 dbandpaula@seaside.ns.ca
    Glace Bay/New Waterford:
    Sr. Agnes Burrows (Sisters of Charity) 849-1781 sisters.charity@ns.sympatico.ca
    Henry White 849-4778 henrycwhite@hotmail.com
    Bryan MacDonald 862-3425 bryanandcheryl.mcdonald@gmail.com
    Eric Boutilier 577-1762 ericboutilier@seaside.ns.ca
    Council of Priests
    Fr. Syd Mifflen 867-3937 smifflen@stfx.ca
    Diocese:
    Bishop Brian Dunn 863-3335 bdunn3@uwo.ca
    Fr. Bedford Doucette 578-4375 bedford@dioceseofantigonish.ca

    Q. What is the Day of Preparation that all delegates (clergy and laity) must attend?
    A. The Day of Preparation is a day dedicated to prayer. It also provides an opportunity for delegates to get to know one another and to consider their role in the Congress. The Draft Pastoral Plan will be distributed for their study and preparation. Anne Walsh will facilitate this event, funded by the Sisters of Saint Martha.

    Q. Who will facilitate the Diocesan Renewal Congress?
    A. Anne Walsh will facilitate the Congress. Anne is a native Newfoundlander who was born, raised and received her early education in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She started her career as a teacher, after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Education) at Memorial University. She holds a Master of Religious Education degree from St. Michael’s College. She holds a graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and a Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from St. Michael’s College. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton. Anne has worked as a catechist and Director of Adult Faith Formation at the parish, school board and diocesan levels. She currently works as Director of Adult Faith Formation and Executive Assistant to the Archbishop for the people of the Archdiocese of St. John’s.
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    Letters From Bishop Dunn

    Congress 2013:

    Bishop Brian Dunn announces a Diocesan Gathering to be held in 2013 Bishop Dunn

    Mgr Brian Dunn annonce un rassemblement diocésain qui aura lieu en 2013

    Bishop Dunn has issued a letter to the people of the Diocese regarding the upcoming Diocesan Renewal Congress. The letter is available here (Sept. 2012).
    The french translation of this letter will be released shortly.
     

     

    You are invited to participate in the process leading up to the Diocesan Gathering for Renewal by completing the following survery:


  • "Rebuilding My People - The Church Survey"
    Diocesan Gathering for Renewal Facebook Page:
    The committee that has been overseeing the organization of this Renewal Congress has been meeting during the summer to collate all the responses that we have received.
     Pastoral councils will be invited to
    attend these meetings to further reflect on the issues that
    will be part of our Congress in October 2013 as we formulate
    a Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
    






  • Photo Album of the Day of Preparation
    Day of Preparation Held Sept. 14, 2013 for delegates to the Diocesan Renewal Congress
    Photos by Eric Boutilier, Gardiner, NS