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Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes

Katarina Schuth, OSF

Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes
Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes

ISBN: 9780814618295, 1829

Details: 256 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 11/01/2006
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During the past twenty years, and continuing at an increasing rate, individual priests and lay ministers have been asked to serve multiple parishes. Schuth looks at models of leadership that contribute to vital parishes as well as factors that might lead to the diminishment of vibrant parish life. Readers hear the voices of pastors as they express the rewards and challenges of serving more than one parish.

But Katarina Schuth does far more than a statistical analysis of this emerging model of parish ministry. Through extensive research and interviews with pastors, she looks at models of leadership that contribute to vital parishes as well as factors that might lead to the diminishment of vibrant parish life.

In Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes, we hear the voices of pastors as they express the rewards and challenges of serving more than one parish. These voices serve to guide and support the growing number of ministers who serve multiple parishes. Just as important, however, these voices provide insight for bishops, diocesan staff, and seminary educators as they strive to meet the special needs of these ministers and the people the serve.

Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D., holds the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Her other books include Educating Leaders for Ministry: Issues and Responses (with Victor J. Klimoski and Kevin J. O’Neil, Liturgical Press, 2005); Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions (Liturgical Press, 1999); and Reason for the Hope: The Futures of Roman Catholic Theologates (Michael Glazier, 1989).

ISBN: 9780814618295, 1829

Details: 256 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 11/01/2006

Reviews

Priests, deacons, lay people, and bishops will find this book an invaluable resource in their efforts to improve the quality of parish ministry and life.
Catholic Studies

Katarina Schutch has done us a great service. She has examined and clarified all the issues surrounding the practice of having a single priest pastor two or more parishes. She has surveyed these men, talked with them, and visited them, and she tells us how they feel and what they need. Also she conveys to us the wisdom of veteran priests who have successfully ministered to multiple parishes. The book proves that more long-range planning in dioceses is needed, and she shows several successful examples. All American Catholic leaders need to read this book.
Dean Hoge

A marvelous blend of well done research, that is wonderfully fleshed out with the passionate and faith filled voices, stories, and practical wisdom of priests who have accepted the challenge to serve multiple parishes from throughout the country. I heartily recommend it.
Mark Mogilka, Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, Diocese of Green Bay

Through extensive research and interviews with pastors, Sr. Schuth looks at models of leadership that contribute to vital parishes as well as factors that might lead to a diminishment of vibrant parish life. The voices of the interviewed pastors inform and support the growing numbers who minister to multiple parishes. Just as important, the voices also provide insight for bishops, diocesan staff and seminary educators as they work to meet the emerging needs of these ministers and the people that they serve.
Crux

Schuth shares wisdom offered by successful multiple-parish pastors; practical tips as audiotape books for long drives; and personal strategies as prayer, patience, time management, delegation, and self-care. She also summarizes the survey responses involving actions church leaders can take to better prepare and support priests who minister to multiple parishes. Though the primary audience for Priestly Ministry is the clergy, individual Catholics would gain a more balanced view of the direction the U.S. church is headed by reading and discussing this important resource. Diocesan leaders might use the information for articles and workshops at the parish level to build support for pastors of multiple parishes and encourage greater cooperation among those they serve
Writing Works

Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes is a serious-minded examination of the recent and growing trend of priests who necessarily take responsibility for serving multiple parishes. Drawn heavily from common recurring patterns in such service, repercussions in ministerial responsibilities and levels of satisfaction, recommendations for improving the morale of priests, recommendations for seminaries, diocesan models for multiple parish ministry, and much more. Extensive appendices including summary responses from selected survey questions put to 911 recipients round out this thoughtful, fact-based examination of a changing religious dynamic.
Midwest Book Review

Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes is a sociological and pastoral examination of the phenomenon of priests serving multiple parishes. The book addresses the impact of this ministry on the priest and the local church. The research is thorough and fascinating, and it offers insight for the whole of the Church in the United States.
Pastoral Music

This very important book gives a clear picture of just how far we are from the ideal of one pastor-one parish. . . . provides an important voice for the stories and experiences of those who serve in multiple-parish situations.
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