Diocesan Pastoral Council explores ways to engage Catholics

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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