Strategic Planning in the Archdiocese

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
October 17, 2010

"The main goal of the [planning] process is to foster a revitalized and sustainable local Church, one that is responsive to the pastoral needs of all our brothers and sisters in Christ."

"As I envision the great Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I want us to Promote and Proclaim a Communion of Faith, Hope, and Love."

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

After 20 months of consultation, analysis, and prayerful consideration, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is announcing the Strategic Plan (pdf) that shapes the vision for the future of our local Church and restructures parishes to foster a more vibrant faith community. This plan will help us to more effectively fulfill our mission as Church: to promote and proclaim the Gospel in word and deed through vibrant parish communities, quality Catholic education and continued ongoing outreach to the poor and marginalized.

The Strategic Plan is intended to ensure the local Church's continued vitality for the 800,000 Catholics in the 12-county area it serves. Like many public and private institutions across the country we must address changes brought about by the dramatic shift in demographics over the past several decades. The Church is simply doing what it has done for centuries: adjusting to the signs of the times while remaining committed to the core truths of our faith.

The strategic planning process which led up to this plan involved participation by thousands of people, including clergy, parish and school leaders and parishioners. This same spirit of consultation and collaboration will continue as we move forward in making the name of Jesus Christ known and loved.

We all play a role in the realization of the vision set forth in the Strategic Plan. Please pray for the success of our efforts!

Map of the Archdiocese

Click on the map to view regions and metro area detail with changes announced under the Strategic Plan. Parish boundary maps are also available.

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