In order to give its priests and deacons maximum support the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has begun a Clergy Support Initiative.
The initiative developed from a committee formed by Archbishop Bernard Hebda in October 2016. The committee headed by Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens synthesized feedback from a survey into nine categories: ongoing formation, evaluation and feedback for clergy, personal care of clergy, mentoring, spiritual direction and support groups, building community within the clergy, strategic planning, the work of the comprehensive assignment board, and improving chancery services.
According to a report in The Catholic Spirit (Oct. 10, 2017), the archdiocesan newspaper, Bishop Cozzens called the initiative a “highly consultative process.” He went on to say, “There was always a lot of support going on for priests, but we did acknowledge … that a lot more emphasis was put on dealing with problems than helping our priests feel supported,” he said. “It’s not that this has never been done before, it’s just that we wanted to do this in a very concerted and clear way.”
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