Parish Life Coordinators

Many dioceses instal pastoral leaders under Canon Law, Code 517.2, which provides for the pastoral and administrative care of a parish to be placed in the hands of a deacon, religious, or lay person, who serves the needs of a parish. This person works in collaboration with a priest minister and a non-resident priest supervisor to provide pastoral and sacramental care for the parish.

A study of Canon 517.2 parishes and leadership has been completed. These studies, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown (CARA), show a portrait of this model of pastoral leadership.  Results are summarized in a CARA Special Report.

In addition, CARA conducted a series of focus groups of bishops on the use and theological understanidng of Canon 527.2 In the six focus groups, bishops from across the country provided insight into the current use of Canon 517.2.

Symposium Consensus Report on Parish Life Coordinators

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of Parish Life Coordinators that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised the Emerging Models

Parish Life Coordinator: Final Report

The purpose of this initiative was to determine parishioners’ attitudes toward and acceptance of parish life coordinators as their primary parish leader. It was also to examine the impact of this emerging parish model on their life of faith. Data for this study was obtained from research conducted by CARA on behalf of the Emerging

Pastoral Leadership Parishoner Survey #3 Results

In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of surveys in parishes nationwide. The first of these was a single informant survey sent to parishes to develop a

Perspectives from Parish Leaders: U.S. Parish Life and Ministry

By Mark M Gray August 15, 2012 In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of surveys in parishes nationwide. The first of these was a single informant

Webinar: The View from the Pew – Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership’s Parishoner Survey Results

View the webinar Hosted by Ave Maria Press, June 12, 2012 Join Melissa Cidade, director of CARA’s Pastoral Assistance Surveys and Services (PASS), and Neil Parent, project director for Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership for a presentation on the results of in-pew surveys of parishioners that participated in the Emerging Models project. These results provide

The Changing Face of U.S. Catholic Parishes

By Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, and Melissa A. Cidade July 18, 2011 View the Full Report In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series

Parish Life Coordinators: Profile of an Emerging Ministry

With the growing priest shortage in the United States, a significant number of parishes have no priest and are lacking adequate pastoral care and sacramental service. Over time, some of these parishes have even found it necessary to shut their doors. What can be done to stem the closing of Catholic churches and bring new life and

American Catholic Demographics and the Future of Ministry

By John Allen Courtesy: National Catholic Reporter April 30, 2010 Earlier this week I was in Chicago to keynote the annual conference of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators, which is composed of folks struggling to help the church integrate contemporary best practices in human resources and business management. It’s largely unheralded work, but

In Search of the Emerging Church

By Tom Roberts Courtesy: National Catholic Reporter June 20, 2009 The idea of taking an extended road trip to get a closer look at Catholic America began to take shape little more than a year ago when I attended a national meeting that demonstrated rather clearly that something is bubbling up from the grassroots in

Short Summary of Major Findings in Phase I

By Marti Jewell, Ph.D. April 25, 2009 When the Emerging Models Project began, what was expected were “emerging models” as well-defined parish structures and roles of leaders.  What was encountered is a dynamic, challenging, and thoughtful emergence of models as the “practices of leaders” creating the future. Below is the summary of their best thoughts,

Book Review: Shaping Catholic Parishes

By David Gibson September 11, 2008 Shaping Catholic Parishes: Pastoral Leaders in the 21st Century The many stories about the ministers and ministries in U.S. Catholic parishes that are told in a just-released book titled “Shaping Catholic Parishes” offer “a snapshot of the life of the church in our day,” says Bishop Blase Cupich of

Book Review: Shaping Catholic Parishes

By William Pickett Courtesy: Church Magazine September 10, 2008 This is the first of several planned publications reporting on Lilly Endowment-funded Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a joint effort of the National Association for Lay Ministry, Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development, National Association of Church Personnel Administrators, National Association of Diaconate Directors,

Deacons Entrusted with the Pastoral Care of a Parish According to Canon 517.2

By Mark M. Gray, Ph.D., Paul M. Perl, Ph.D., Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D. July 6, 2008 View the Report The number of parishes entrusted to deacons under Canon 517.2 has been steadily rising over the past fifteen years. Project studies conducted by CARA indicated significant differences between deacons and others who served PLCs and so an analysis of

Summit Action Group Materials: Parish Life Coordinators and Sacramental Ministers (Canon 517.2)

By Kathy Hendricks and Brian Reynolds April 20, 2008 View the Report Participation in the mission of the Church is a right and duty of all believers. It begins with Baptism, is strengthened in Confirmation, and continues to be nourished through the celebration of the Eucharist. The 1983 revised Code of Canon Law affirms this calling in various ministerial

Listening to the Spirit: Bishops and Parish Life Coordinators

By Mary Bendyna, RSM, Ph.D., Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D., Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D. March 17, 2008 View the Report Bishop focus groups discussed the use of Canon 517.2 and the use of parish life coordinators and sacramental minsters. “Overall, bishops report a positive assessment of their experience with PLCs. Most, however, identify this as a less-than-ideal solution to

Parish Pastoral Leaders: Canonical Structures and Practical Questions

By Rev. James Coriden, JCD, JD May 9, 2007 View the Article One of the models of parish pastoral leadership that has emerged over the past twnety-five years is the use of Canon 517.2 to provide pastoral leadership in a parish withiout a pastor. As the canon is used, questions and conversations have arisen about

Suggested Best Practices for Parish Life Coordinators and Sacramental Ministers

By Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership May 2, 2007 View the Report During the winter of 2007, nearly one hundred pastoral leaders gathered to discuss best practices for those ministering under Canon 517.2. Following is a list of suggestions surfaced by the participants. Extensive research is being conducted by the Emerging Models Project on parish

Parish Life Coordinators, Sacramental Ministers, and Priest Moderators

By Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership February 22, 2007 Parish life coordinators, sacramental ministers, priest moderators, and canon lawyers gathered to respond to research questions about their experience and practice of parish leadership under Canon 517.2.  This canon offers bishops the provision to install a deacon, religious, or lay person in parish as the pastoral

Lay Ecclesial Ministers and the Future of Parish Leadership

By Marti Jewell, D. Min. June 27, 2006 In regional conferences being hosted by the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, teams of lay and ordained pastoral leaders talk about their experience, hopes, and dreams for the future of parish leadership. They are giving us the blueprint for a future marked by deep change in

Understanding the Ministry and Experience: Parish Life Coordinators in the United States

By CARA Research August 1, 2005 View the Report New to the Roman Catholic Church’s 1983 Code of Canon Law was the following (517, §2): If the diocesan bishop should decide that due to a dearth of priests a participation in the exercise of the pastoral care of a parish is to be entrusted to

Understanding the Trends: Parishes Entrusted to Parish Life Coordinators

By Mark M. Gray, Ph.D. and Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D. May 1, 2005 View the Report This report presents a profile and analysis of trends from data on parishes without resident priest pastors that are entrusted to Parish Life Coordinators (PLCs) collected by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University for The

A Profile of Lay Ecclesial Ministers Serving as Parish Life Coordinators

By Mark M. Gray, Ph.D. and Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D. April 1, 2004 View the Report This report presents results from the 2002 Lay Ecclesial Minister Poll conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, which also correlated the report itself. This national random sample telephone poll includes interviews with 795