Facing reality: Pastoral Planning Information and Data

The following Information and data sets must be considered part of the reality addressed by all who are engaged in planning for renewal of the diocese.  Executing the pastoral plan in parishes and the diocese will need to positively impact these trends and conditions. Some trends and conditions need to be immediately impacted, others can only be impacted over time. The pastoral plan must impact every mission related metric.

Average Weekend Attendance

xAverage Attendance
2011158300
2013150978
2015118270
2017110139
201993134
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Over the past 8 years attendance at mass has dropped by 41%


Participation in sacraments is also showing steep declines

xBaptismsMarriagesDeaths
2011405014366073
2013370413255814
2015369911455471
2017336610605469
201928449264959

Sadly, the statistic that shows the smallest decline is the rate of Deaths at 18%. Baptisms and Marriages have declined over 30%.


Catholic School Enrollment is down by 24% over the past decade

xElementary SchoolHigh School
2010120865095
2011115825134
2012112545207
2013109965168
201495545098
201598905012
201695564907
201791594710
201888444386
201983904253

Diocesan and Parish subsidies to Catholic Schools cannot be sustained.


Population statistics in our region provide
a grim backdrop as deaths outpace births

MonthLive Births All Deaths
20101629615628
20111605716000
20121623515624
20131616015995
20141664016206
20151651016810
20161608516386
20171592616481

Parish finances have remained mostly flat despite
19% inflation over the past decade

xRegular ReceiptsTotal ReceiptsTotal Expenditures
2011631359239560640091704274
2013653945239499543193257041
2015618683828996250289541687
2017610280439718304091175566
2019562713598137057685573232

In 2019 the costs of running the parishes outpaced their revenues.


Most critically…..

The number of ordained religious available to provide the required ecclesiastical leadership is dwindling.

Priests Active in the Diocese

xActive Diocesan Priests Religious Order Priests
2011179108
201217398
201316992
201415994
2015154100
201614897
201714686
201814384
201914484

Diocesan Trends call out the need for change… we must chart a Road to Renewal to walk in the footsteps of Christ.

We must reverse the negative trend in morale driven by a shameful history of abuse and its cover-up and subsequent bankruptcy

1. We must be transparent and collaborative.
2. We must judiciously use the special talents of our dwindling number of clergy for ministry and leadership.
3. We must engage our laity in new and expansive involvement in the leadership and ministry of our parishes.
4. We must invigorate our youth and explore new ways to educate and form them as Christians within our means.
5. We must live within our means and use our treasure wisely to support parish life and outreach to those in need.

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