Office of Evangelization

The primary purpose of the Office of Evangelization is to assist the parishes of our diocese in the cause and effort of evangelization. It is our goal as a diocese through the Office of Evangelization to assist parishes in proclaiming to all people the love, compassion, hope and promise of Jesus Christ as preserved and proclaimed in the Gospel, an experience and message so eagerly sought by many. It is also our goal to deepen and strengthen the faith of our Catholic people in their weekly quest to live as Jesus calls us to in service to all. The Office of Evangelization will do all in its power to assist parishes in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in such a way that many will be drawn to Him and His Church.

Download the Diocese of Youngstown Pastoral Plan for Evangelization, “Trusting in Christ: A Call to Discipleship.”

Pastoral Plan Implementation Report – Pentecost 2017

Parish Leader Formation Program

There are currently five parishes that are served by a Parish Leader, Canonical Pastoral and Sacramental Minister(s).  There will be more parishes with this leadership model in the near future, as the plan for pastoral regions recommends Parish Leaders in several of the regions. In order to have a sufficient number of Parish Leader candidates, there will be another Parish Leader Formation Program beginning this Fall. The program will train qualified deacons, religious men and women, and lay men and women to become certified Parish Leaders, making them eligible to apply for potential Parish Leader openings in the future.

Parish Leader Information

What is a Parish Leader?  Why do we need them?  A Parish Leader is a professional minister appointed by the bishop with the responsibility of leading a parish community that does not have a resident priest.  A priest will be assigned as canonical pastor and for sacramental celebrations at the parish.  Currently, there are 5 Parish Leaders at parishes within the Diocese of Youngstown. The Regional Pastoral plan calls for several more in the near future. In order to have a sufficient number of Parish Leader candidates in all areas of the diocese, there will be another Parish Leader Formation Program beginning this Fall. This is one way the diocese is addressing the reality of fewer priests. It is an opportunity for faith filled men and women to use their gifts of leadership and administration, allowing priests to focus on the sacramental and pastoral care of the faithful. Click on the links below for more information:

New Evangelization…

Where yesterday and tomorrow meet.

What are we doing to deepen our faith?

New Evangelization calls us to ask these questions of ourselves:

• What are we doing for this many who attend church this week?
• What are we doing for those who only come occasionally?
• What are we doing for those who love God but do not attend mass?
• What are we doing for our youth and young adults?
• What are we doing to bring back those who have lost interest or been alienated from the church?

Evangelization: ‘Where yesterday and tomorrow meet’ (updated)

Contact The Office of Evangelization

Pete Schafer
144West Wood Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
330.744.8451

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