February 27, 2016
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) — A pastoral planning process — Ministry 2025 — has begun in the Diocese of Sioux City with the hope of using limited priestly resources as wisely as possible while creating and sustaining vibrant parishes.
According to Father Brent Lingle, diocesan director of pastoral planning, the diocese recently unveiled a draft pastoral plan that strives to create parishes “where the faith is lived out, grows and attracts people into it.”
Through data collection and research, the diocese has discovered that by 2025, only 31 priests will be available to serve as pastors. Currently, 58 priests are active in pastoral ministry.