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Apr 252013
 

By Celine Klosterman

The Diocesan Pastoral Council used this book as inspiration for an April 13 discussion on how to engage parishioners.

IOWA CITY — What can individuals, parishes and the Diocese of Davenport do to engage more Catholics?
Twenty-eight people shared ideas during a Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting April 13 at St. Patrick Church. Their discussion was inspired by Matthew Kelly’s book “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic,” which Bishop Martin Amos recommended and the diocese provided to council members. The book cites research by the Dynamic Catholic Institute indicating that about 7 percent of parishioners contribute 80 percent of the volunteer hours and financial donations a parish receives.
Meeting attendees — including parish cluster representatives and diocesan staff — offered these suggestions for increasing parishioner engagement:

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