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B/CS Catholics Invited to Take Austin Diocese Survey

DioceseOfAustinThere are more than 5,500 families attending one of six Catholic churches in Bryan and College Station.

And that doesn’t include college students in the campus ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Center in Northgate.

It’s all a part of the Diocese of Austin, and spokesman Christian Gonzalez says they’re all invited to complete an online survey.

Gonzalez says questions address the state of church life, faith formation and social issues…regardless of how active you are.

Click HERE to be directed to the diocese website home page, which has links to the anonymous survey in English and Spanish.

Click below for comments from Christian Gonzalez, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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News release courtesy of the Diocese of Austin

As part of a process in developing a Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Austin, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez announced the opening of a survey intended to capture information to help the diocese plan for the next five years.

The 43-question survey is available online in English and Spanish. All Catholics, including those who are not participating in church life, are encouraged to take the survey, which will be open through April 27. The survey can be taken anonymously at www.austindiocese.org.

The survey asks questions about the state of church life, faith formation and social issues.

“The Diocese of Austin has begun the process of developing a Pastoral Plan, which is similar to what a business would call a strategic plan. It will help us define our goals and priorities for the coming years. So, everyone’s input is essential to our success,” Bishop Vásquez said. “Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, conducted a survey of bishops. To comply with his request, we used an online tool to collect information. We decided to use that same process to conduct our own survey. I encourage everyone to take the survey.”

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online. Those without access to the digital survey can contact their local Catholic Church and request a paper survey, which they can fill out and leave at any Catholic Church.

The results of the survey will be collected and analyzed by a 33-member Pastoral Plan Steering Committee with the assistance of the diocese’s consultant, Chicago-based Essential Conversations.

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Posted by on Mar 25 2014. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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