— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
December 10, 2006
Beacons of Light is a multiyear process of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Rooted in prayer, groupings of parishes will come together as one faith community. These new “Families of Parishes” will be stronger together, focused more on mission than on maintenance. In the Families of Parishes, we will grow closer to God, follow Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and radiate Christ in our lives.
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Beacons of Light Overview
An introduction to Beacons of Light. Learn why the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is entering into this new phase of pastoral planning, why it is happening now, and what you can expect in the future.
Key Steps on the Road from Maintenance to Mission
Fall 2020: Beacons of Light project launch announced. Data gathering from parishes and schools begins.
Winter 2020/21: Six principles of Beacons of Light are established. Design of parish planning process (including vision points and parameters) begins.
Spring 2021: Parish and school data is analyzed. Current reality is assessed.
Summer 2021: Families of Parishes modeling begins. Draft of parish planning process is completed.
Summer 2021: Draft models of Families of Parishes are published for comment. Parish planning process (including vision points and parameters) is finalized.
Winter 2021/22: Families of Parishes are finalized and announced.
Spring 2022: Pastors and parish leaders begin preparing for the parish planning process.
Summer 2022: Families of Parishes implementation begins. Each Family starts its parish planning process.