Diocesan Leadership Institute Launching Soon

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The Diocese will formally launch its new Diocesan Leadership Institute with Evening Prayer and brief presentation on Encounter, Formation and Discipleship on Wednesday, January 11, 7:00pm at Assumption Church in Westport.

Music will be provided by the Assumption Parish music ministry, and Chris Padgett an internationally known ministry leader, will share his powerful story of coming to the faith and the importance of continued formation in his own life. The institute will offer a combination of online learning, face-to-face workshops and independent study for those serving ministry in parishes and schools and for all Catholics throughout the diocese who wish to learn more about their faith. “This is an historic moment for our Diocese to come together and grow in our knowledge of our Catholic faith and to celebrate in the presence of the Lord,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano.

The Bishop noted that the formation of a Leadership Institute was a priority for delegates who participated in the Fourth Diocesan Synod. “During the launch we will pray that the Leadership Institute helps us as a diocese to grow in our knowledge of the things we believe, to grow in our spiritual relationship with the Lord, to learn how to pray more deeply and broadly, and to learn about the ministries of the church and the beautiful family we form,” the Bishop said.

Patrick Donovan, founding director of the Institute, said it is designed to function as a clearinghouse for resources for those in ministry, while at the same time “serving as a virtual library for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Catholic faith regardless of the role on might choose to play in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.” “The institute will offer creative opportunities for ministry personnel to grow in faith and discover new ways to shape the next generation of disciples in Fairfield County,” said Donovan.

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