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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beacons of Light?

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.

Why is Beacons of Light happening now?

There are many reasons for this planning process:

  • Our parishes need to be vibrant communities of faith in order that we might fully grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Declining religious practice in the U.S. points to the need for strong parishes that lead people to living and growing their faith in Jesus.
  • We need to better understand the impact of demographic changes in many areas within our archdiocese.
  • We will have fewer priests who can serve as pastors in the future.

What is the timeline for Beacons of Light?

The Beacons of Light timeline can be found here.

How is the archdiocese forming Families of Parishes?

By gathering and analyzing demographic, sacramental, financial and school data, while also considering the pastoral situations that affect life in our communities, we will be forming Families of Parishes in the cities, towns, rural communities and suburbs throughout our 19 counties in Southwest Ohio.

How is Beacons of Light different from previous planning processes?

Each previous process has addressed the situations of parishes and the archdiocese at the time in which they took place. The goal of Beacons of Light is for the new Families of Parishes to truly become faith communities that live and work together in mission and ministry — not simply associate parishes with a common pastor.

Will parishes close as a result of Beacons of Light?

As the Families of Parishes grow stronger together, we will prayerfully decide how to ensure vital pastoral life.  Every Family of Parishes will initially discern Sunday Mass schedules and locations, bring parish staff and pastoral councils together and develop a plan for parish programs and activities with the long-term goal of becoming one parish led by a single pastor. The pace at which parishes join together within the families will be variable and determined by the readiness of the parishes to move forward.


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