Ministry 2025: Pastoral Plan for Ministry in the Diocese of Sioux City
Ministry 2025 will impact nearly every parish and community in the diocese, and it directly impacts our local church by proposing that we move from 8 parishes in Sioux City to 4. Under the proposal, Immaculate Conception and Nativity parishes merge to form Mater Dei parish while still utilizing both church sites for Mass. Saint Michael and Blessed Sacrament merge to form Holy Cross parish still utilizing both sites for Mass. Saint Boniface and Saint Joseph will merge with the Cathedral of the Epiphany parish still utilizing all three churches for Mass. Sacred Heart remains as it is now.
This DRAFT Ministry 2025 design of deaneries, parishes, and schools is the start of a year-long process of consultation at the deanery, parish, and diocesan levels. We know that through consultation and feedback the proposal will change. No final decisions have been made and final decisions will be made by Bishop Nickless in the Spring of 2017, and announced in June, 2017. In fact, deanery level meetings are scheduled for April of this year.
One of the goals of the Ministry 2025 design is to move to a more stable design of parishes and schools that is not constantly changing every year with unanticipated realignments or parish closures. This plan could remain in place for up to 10 years or longer giving us the stability that we currently do not have.
By 2025, we are projected to have approximately 31 pastors, down from 58 pastors today. And we also know, based on parish data, that we currently have too many liturgies, in too many places, too sparsely attended in most of our parishes.
Let us experience this together. Together in prayer, in faith, in hope, and in healthy and constructive dialogue. Let’s avoid isolation, rumors, and working alone. Join me, as your pastor, as all of us are called through the Ministry 2025 to learning, to prayer, to dialogue, to a deeper faith, collaboration and unity as the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux City