Pastoral plan in Diocese of Sioux City aims to sustain vibrant parishes

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February 27, 2016

Father Brent Lingle, director of pastoral planning in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, addresses local media during a new conference at the diocesan chancery Feb. 25. (CNS photo/Renee Webb, Catholic Globe) See SIOUX-CITY-PASTORAL-PLAN Feb. 26, 2016.

Father Brent Lingle, director of pastoral planning in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, addresses local media during a new conference at the diocesan chancery Feb. 25. (CNS photo/Renee Webb, Catholic Globe)

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.

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