Council Notes from Green Bay (August 2017)

The Green Bay Council began its August meeting with a motion to nominate Father Joe Sember as Chairman and Father Dinh Van-Thiep as Vice-Chairman. The motion was unanimously approved.

  • Bishop Ricken discussed a draft of a letter recommending each parish celebrate a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary on Oct. 9, beginning in 2018.
  • A draft of Diocesan Policy Concerning the Rite for Distributing Holy Communion outside of Mass with the Celebration of the Word was discussed.
  • A discussion took place on the connection of the mission, vision, culture and culture values. Minutes note that the mission is driving everything. Missionary discipleship is hoped-for outcome.
  • An organizational consulting firm is rendering assistance.
  • An emphasis is to move form maintenance to mission. To move from a corporate to missionary discipleship model.
  • Another emphasis is to move from departments to teams.
  • Key words and actions to build missionary disciples are communicate, encourage, support, trust, accompany, and empower at all levels.
  • An extensive discussion of the Catholic Schools Study. A consulting group assisted with the process. There are four overarching features:
    • Schools of Discipleship
    • Governance and Leadership,
    • Academic excellence
    • Operational vitality.
  • All tie in with focus of diocesan mission and vision: missionary discipleship.
  • Near the end of the meeting members and diocesan leaders discussed ways to gather resources to fund the project.  A capital campaign was discussed.
  • The Catholic Foundation will be a partner in the project.
  • A motion was made and unanimously passed to proceed with a feasibility of the diocesan capital campaign. Finally, Leadership Formation, which is the critical part of Phase II of Disciples on the Way.