On October 8, 2020 we hosted a webinar on Recovering our Mission, in partnership with the Global Institute of Church Management. The webinar is part of a series of webinars on Building a Transparent & Accountable Church.
Many parishes have lost their missionary orientation and are no longer structured to meet the needs of the faithful. In light of the recently distributed instruction from the Congregation for Clergy, this webinar looks at movements like focolarini, charismatic, and others for inspiration. These movements are at the forefront of evangelizing the faithful and currently live and thrive across parish territories. In this webinar, we discussed:
- What can we learn from these movements?
- How can we transform parishes into “communities of communities”?
- What is the new role of pastors in guiding the people of God in its entirety (priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and the lay faithful) as the driving force of evangelization?
Our guests were:
Rev. Fr. Anthony Stoeppel
Vice-Rector and Director of Pastoral Year
St. Patrick's Seminary & University, CA
Formerly, Rev. Fr. Anthony Stoeppel served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler and also as Chairman of the Parish & Mission Assistance Program and President of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic Schools, as well as pastor of Our Lady of Victory parish, a largely Spanish-speaking parish in the Diocese of Tyler. Fr. Stoeppel attended Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and holds a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in the field of bioethics from Pontifical University of Santa Croce.
President and CEO
Michel Therrien is President and CEO of Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Pia de Solenni
President and Executive Director
Global Institute of Church Management
Pia de Solenni, SThD, is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She recently served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, California, and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
You may watch the recording of the webinar here: