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 Synod Implementation/Stewardship

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Office of Synod Implementation (2003-2013)

The mission of the Office of Synod Implementation as described in the documents of the 2003 Los Angeles Archdiocesan Synod:

The task of the Synod was not to develop a comprehensive pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but to establish pastoral priorities and chart a course of action as together the People of God in this Local Church enter a new century. The pastoral priorities and strategies identified as important by the delegates of the Synod will shape the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan now to be developed.

In order to implement the results of the Synod and direct the formation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, an Implementation Commission is to be established with the assistance and under the direction of competent personnel from the staff of the Archdiocesan Catholic Center.

Through the Synod process, the delegates were conscious of their responsibility to provide for the proper implementation of Synod priorities. In particular, they repeatedly expressed concerns about resources of funding and personnel, appropriate timelines for the accomplishment of specific strategies, and consistent and effective evaluation of progress.

Realizing that many important tasks regarding assessment, finances, oversight, and the timely implementation of the decisions of the Synod belonged not to the Synod itself, but are to be part of the post-Synodal implementation process, the delegates endorsed the following proposals:

  • A post-synodal implementation process to include evaluation components, timelines, and the financial impact of all proposals approved by the Synod, and a biennial report on the implementation of Synod priorities, is to be established.
  • Sufficient resources to implement the priorities of the Synod on the Regional level are to be provided by the Archdiocese.

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