Look to the Future with Hope

Shortly after his installation as fifth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Gregory Parkes began inviting the community to listening sessions. He took part in nine official listening sessions throughout the five counties and numerous meetings where he asked the community to share their thoughts on what the diocese is doing well, what are the most pressing priorities and what the diocese needs to improve. He also launched an online survey that resulted in 1,000 responses.

As a continuation of this process of discovery and discernment, Bishop Parkes has announced that a Visioning Process will begin in December to develop a mutually shared vision for the future of the Diocese that clarifies our priorities and offers new ideas for enhancing our efforts to evangelize and build the Kingdom of God.

Bishop Parkes has asked the Catholic Leadership Institute to facilitate the visioning process, which is expected to take about six months. The process involves prayer, reflection and information sharing.

“We entrust the Visioning Process to our Lord. Through prayer and discernment, our Lord will direct our steps and we will place our trust in Him,” said Bishop Parkes, acknowledging that the Holy Spirit will be the source of inspiration as decisions are made. To learn more about the Visioning Process, click here.