Building Stronger Parishes
The Building Stronger Parishes research project explored how Catholic parishes, in various contexts, use their strengths and available resources to respond to a variety of challenges. The aim of the research was to identify and analyse some of these initiatives in parishes throughout Australia, which could then be implemented in other parishes facing similar challenges. Particular emphasis was given to stories of vitality and hope that bring life to their communities and have an underlying foundation in an eccesiology of communion.
For more information on the project visit the Building Stronger Parishes Website
There are several publications with a multitude of research findings that emerged from this project which are as follows:
A HANDBOOK FOR BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES: Case Studies, Reflections, Worksheets, Action Plans
In this book, Dr Trudy Dantis draws on her ground-breaking research into factors that lead to parish vitality to provide Australian case studies with down-to-earth examples of what can be achieved in eight key areas that lead to stronger parishes: planning, spirituality and faith formation, liturgy, community building, welcoming and hospitality, outreach, evangelisation and leadership.
This work is supported by the Robert Dixon’s helpful introductory articles enabling parishes to build up a comprehensive parish profile from readily available information.
A Handbook for Building Stronger Parishes provides excellent case studies, reflection questions, worksheets and action plans to support you and your parish team.
The handbook is now available for purchase from: garrattpublishing.com.au
BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES PROJECT REPORT MAY 2015
Trudy Dantis and Robert Dixon
This comprehensive report on the project is available now for order. The cost of the Hardcopy report is $21 (including postage and handling, excluding GST). There is also an E-version of the report priced at $10.
Both versions are now available from the ACBC website at www.catholic.org.au/shop/acbc-shop. Use the search function to search for ‘Stronger Parishes’.
For more information, contact the Pastoral Research Office on (03) 9953 3459 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES REPORT SERIES
A series of six reports were produced on various aspects of parish vitality arising from the research. The reports are produced in both hard copy and downloadable formats. These are now available from the ACBC website at www.catholic.org.au/shop/acbc‐shop. Use the search function to search for ‘Stronger Parishes’.
The six reports are:
1) Community Building, Welcoming and Hospitality
3) Spirituality and Faith Formation
4) Mission, Outreach and Evangelisation