August 3, 2012

Comments still being accepted for National Black Catholic Congress Pastoral Plan of Action

By Mary Ann Garber

There is still time to comment on the proposed National Black Catholic Congress XI Pastoral Plan of Action for 2012 through 2017.

Congress participants discussed a draft of the five-year pastoral plan during listening sessions held as part of “Faith Engaged: Empower, Equip, Evangelize” on July 19-21 in Indianapolis.

Father Kenneth Taylor, director of the archdiocesan Office of Multicultural Ministry and pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Indianapolis, said Father Stephen Thorne of Philadelphia will compile online comments about the plan.

He said the pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia will complete the final version of the plan for review by the congress board of directors then it will be released to the public on the National Black Catholic Congress website (

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and other dioceses across the country scheduled reflection days to discuss and help prepare the preliminary draft.

Topics addressed in the plan include “Holiness of Life,” “Life and Dignity of the Human Person,” “Walking with the Saints,” “Engaged in Parish Life and Evangelization,” “Faith Informed,” “Schools Too Valuable to Sell,” “Reaching Out to the Next Generations,” “Vocations—Every Catholic’s Priority,” “Getting Married and Staying Married,” and “The Social Apostolate.”

For more information about the plan, log on to the congress website. To request a digital copy of the 16-page plan and to comment on it, send an e-mail to †

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