Our Four Mission Priorities Demo

As pastoral leader of the Archdiocese of Dubuque I need to share my vision for continuing the mission of Jesus in the Church’s ministries.

As we do not have the resources to do everything we want or need to do, this involves identifying priorities, a focus for our efforts and energies.

I propose that we focus on four priorities (listed below), which resonate with the goals identified in Vision 2000, and which have also been affirmed by pastoral leaders in our Archdiocese.

Another part of my vision is to engage all of us to partner with me and others in our efforts to continue the mission of Jesus in the Church’s ministries.

We cannot stand by as passive onlookers, or expect someone else to do it. There is some- thing each of us can do:

Pray, think, talk about these priorities with others, and strategize on the local level on how to carry them out, for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the authentic development of human society.

May it be so. Amen.

Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque

Mission Priorities
1) Strengthening programs for on-going education in the faith

2) Enhancing the Sunday assembly for Holy Mass by attention to what is called the four H’s:
Hospitality
Hymns
Homily
How we celebrate Holy Mass

3) Teaching stewardship as a way of life

4) Promoting vocations in general, and priesthood in particular
All of us have at least four vocations, or invitations, from God. We are called to:
– Heaven
– Holiness
– Mission
– A state in life (single, married, religious, priest in the archdiocese)

There are four things we can all do in order to promote vocations to the priesthood. We can remember them by the acronym PITA:
Pray
Invite
Talk it up
Appreciate