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How Parish Life Flourishes When Personal Vocations Are Cultivated

ByLuke Burgis
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Pope Benedict said that: “Every person carries within himself a project of God, a personal vocation, a personal idea of God on what he is required to do in history to
build his Church, a living Temple of his presence. And the priest’s role is
above all to reawaken this awareness, to help the individual discover his
personal vocation…” (Pastoral Visit to the Parish of St. Felicity and her Children, Martyrs, March 25, 2007)

In this podcast, we speak to a priest who is doing that. Fr. Bob Stec is the pastor of one of the top 12 parishes in the United States, St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick, Ohio. In this podcast, Fr. Stec shares with Joshua Miller a key reason for that success: creating opportunities for each one’s unique gifts to flourish in service and in close relationship with others in the parish.

All pastors can learn a valuable lesson from Fr. Bob Stec’s experience at St. Ambrose, which now has over 5,000 families and more than 150 ministries: by identifying and drawing out the unique gifts and talents of every parishioner and then cultivate their unique, personal vocations, everyone can truly be engaged and contribute to a flourishing parish life. Most importantly, these people will take that life into their homes, into their workplaces, and into society.

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