Posted by: frroberts | August 18, 2015

Bulletin Notes: My Goals for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Common sense tells us that those who fail to plan, plan to fail.  Every year I try to set three major goals for my priestly ministry that prioritize my use of time.  As these goals will shape my priestly ministry in this parish cluster, I think it is appropriate to share them.

The first goal has to do with my education.  The Holy See has frequently asked bishops in my diocese to see that they have a priest who has higher theological studies.  While we have many canon lawyers, we have no theologians.  I will be continuing my studies at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton this year and working toward an eventual doctorate.  I will be taking nine credits in the fall and expect to take only three in the spring.  I plan to take any additional twelve credits during the summer term.  These studies very are important.  Why?

We can get so busy in the Church thinking about what is the next thing that we should be doing that we lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place and what it means to people today.  Theological studies both seek to reflect more deeply on the faith that we believe as well as explaining the content of our faith in language that resonates with the way  people today think.  Put simply, theology helps orient the Church’s mission.

My second goal involves focusing on the implementation of our parish cluster’s strategic plan.  Our parishes need more volunteers in parish ministries, a viable high school youth group, well-attended adult education programs and better liturgies.  For far too long we have been happy with just doing enough to get by and keep the doors open.  We need to set our sights not on just surviving, but thriving.  In addition to proclaiming Christ’s victory over sin and death, my preaching in the coming year will focus on how we should respond to God’s saving action by seeking to know and serve Him better through working to implement our strategic plan.

My third and final goal is to rest and get away from the parishes more often.  I have never worked as hard in my life as I have in the past two years.  It has pleased God to bless this hard work with abundant fruit.  I am very thankful for this fact.  At the same time, these have been the two most sad and lonely years of my life, as I have neglected family, friends and plenty of sleep in order to do what I felt needed to get done in the parish cluster.  I am making a resolution this year to try to reconnect with important people in my life and practice some self-care.  Thank you in advance for your support, particularly in this third area.


  1. Awe, Hugs! Self care is Good! If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t accomplish the first two fantastic goals of caring for so many others! You are never alone! BIG HUGZ!!


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