May 16, 2014

Archbishop Tobin to announce Connected in the Spirit decisions

Criterion staff report

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. on May 21 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis to announce his decisions concerning the parishes of the four Indianapolis deaneries that recently completed the Connected in the Spirit planning process.

The announcements will be posted at

For the past 16 months, pastoral leaders and lay representatives from the 47 parishes have been meeting to discern where God is leading the Church in central and southern Indiana, and to discuss how the Archdiocese of Indianapolis should change its structures in order to carry out its mission today and in the future.

After receiving recommendations from the pastoral and lay representatives of the parishes, Archbishop Tobin also consulted with the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the Council of Priests and the senior managers of the archdiocese.

The Terre Haute and Batesville deaneries have completed the Connected in the Spirit planning process, which resulted in the merging of some parishes, the linking of some parishes by sharing a pastor, and the connecting of other parishes by creating joint programs, ministries and committees.

The remaining five deaneries of the archdiocese will eventually also take part in Connected in the Spirit. †

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