Diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force releases summary

Posted July 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The Pastoral Planning Task Force has released a summary of its recommendations that have been implemented since March 2016.

In 2014, Bishop Robert W. Muench announced during the Chrism Mass celebrated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge that a task force had been formed. At that time, he noted that because of a shrinking number of clergy members, “demographics clearly pose a challenge.”

Chairman Father Trey Nelson said the task force consists of 12 members that includes “lay persons, religious and priests have given this time of themselves freely because they believe in the church and the future of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. While implementation of the recommendations made has not always been easy and while there has often been high

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, installs Father Charbel Jamhoury as pastor of St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge on July 9. The congregation expressed its appreciation of Father Jamhoury, who has served as administrator at the church parish since 2015, with thunderous applause at the conclusion of the Mass. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, installed Father Andrew Merrick as the pastor at Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge on July 16. Father Merrick’s appointment was effective July 1. He is also the associate director of vocations for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. In the background is parochial vicar Father Reuben Dykes, whose appointment to Christ the King was also effective July 1. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator



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