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Daniel Gast commented on Daniel Gast's blog post Our First Rule: Avoid Messy Parishes
"Thank you, Fr. Dennis, and congratulations. In the past weeks, 3 guidebooks developed for pastor transition were published. They are the collaborative work of a dedicated team of Chicago pastors, agency directors, and parish staff persons. They…"
Oct 28, 2013
Fr. Dennis Paul commented on Daniel Gast's blog post Our First Rule: Avoid Messy Parishes
"As a first-time pastor, I was following on an out-going pastor who was much beloved by his staff and the community. I was eager and excited to start my new assignment but also was aware of who I was following. I think one essential piece was the…"
Oct 28, 2013
Daniel Gast replied to Peter Denio's discussion Self Evaluation....Jesuit Style!
"Last summer I was privileged to meet with Jesuit pastors. There was energy in the room when we talked about making the Examen an expected "performance" of parishioners with leadership responsibilities. Some built business-cards for…"
Mar 31, 2013
Daniel Gast liked Peter Denio's discussion Self Evaluation....Jesuit Style!
Mar 31, 2013
Peter Denio liked Daniel Gast's blog post The Mission of Papa Francis
Mar 20, 2013
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

The Mission of Papa Francis

In Chicago, I do not think anyone is smiling more broadly than Cardinal Archbishop George, Francis George, that is. Our own Francis has regularly appealed to us to get to the margins, to advocate and serve victims of violence, discrimination, and poverty.The selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Christ's Vicar--and the humble surety with which he accepted the call--have graced us.…See More
Mar 15, 2013
Daniel Gast commented on Daniel Gast's blog post Parish Mission and Ministry to Veterans and Military Families
"The 2012 VA report on veterans and suicide can be found at:  http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Suicide-Data-Report-2012-final.pdf"
Feb 7, 2013
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

Parish Mission and Ministry to Veterans and Military Families

Fr. Joe Mulcrone directs Chicago's archdiocesan ministry to deaf and hearing impaired persons. A week after Veterans Day he was stopped near the end of his workout at the gym. It was a familiar voice that called him off the treadmill, that of a Viet Nam veteran."Hey, Father. Damndest thing just happened in church on Veterans Day. At the end of Sunday mass, Father stops everything and asks all the veterans to stand and get a blessing. People applauded! I didn't know that some people I already…See More
Feb 7, 2013
Dan R Ebener commented on Daniel Gast's blog post Missions that Matter
"Daniel - It is indeed troubling to see the dis-connect between our parish mission statements and the lack of action in some parishes.  Even more troubling, as you point out, is the number of parishes that might not even attempt the…"
Jan 29, 2013
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

Receiving the First Time Pastor

Some may be saying it ain’t so, but really, when your parish got a new, new pastor, odds are you drew one of the long straws.  Your sense of parish mission is about to be stretched. Here is what we learned about first-time pastors in the INSPIRE project.  They bring energy, and they bring spiritual depth refined by a sense of anticipation and vulnerability. For what seems to them ages, they’ve been rehearsing this role, usually as associate pastors. (Chicago still enjoys the luxury of placing…See More
Jan 8, 2013
Barbara Kerkhoff liked Daniel Gast's blog post When the Pastor Leaves: What Lay Ministers Tell Us
Dec 11, 2012
Barbara Kerkhoff liked Daniel Gast's blog post Missions that Matter
Dec 11, 2012
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

Missions that Matter

In Chicago, we are daily, weekly, conscious of the reputation we are getting. Our children are dying, victims of gunfire, and at least some of the shooters are children. Days ago, on the steps of a Catholic Church on our South Side, as a funeral service let out, two people were shot, the young man who died on the sidewalk shot 17 times. The weekend after, a large group of parishioners arrived from another parish 30 miles to the north, just to offer solidarity and join in the Advent liturgy.…See More
Dec 6, 2012
Robert T O'Gorman liked Daniel Gast's blog post When the Pastor Leaves: What Lay Ministers Tell Us
Dec 3, 2012
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

When the Pastor Leaves: What Lay Ministers Tell Us

We are preparing guidebooks for pastor transition. To meet a deadline, our team sent out a survey to Chicago area lay ministers in August. Late summer is not a good time to survey “parish people,” when most take their last breakaways and vacations before start-up of Fall activities.But because the survey asked people to tell us about their experiences of learning their pastor would be leaving—all the way through to receiving and learning the ways of their new pastor—we got a nearly 75% return.…See More
Nov 11, 2012
Daniel Gast posted a blog post

Our First Rule: Avoid Messy Parishes

Eight years ago, before we selected candidates from among pastoral staffs applying to our project, we thought it good to make a few rules. In truth, I must admit that I proposed the first one…, and that I should’a known better.Our mission was to help parish pastoral staffs form themselves as collaborative, mission-focused “Pastoral Leadership Teams.” We would be hard pressed, I proposed, to take on any staff where the most significant actor, the pastor, is due for transition to a new parish…See More
Sep 28, 2012

Profile Information

What is your vocational state:
Layperson
What is the type of Catholic entity you affiliate with in this forum:
Other
Name of your affiliated Catholic entity(e.g. St. Ann's Church, Diocese of Gary, Franciscan Friars Northeast region, etc.)
INSPIRE, A Partnership Initiative of Loyola University Chicago and the Archdiocese of Chicago
What is your title, position, or role with your affiliated Catholic entity? (e.g. parishioner, pastoral council, Parish Catechetical Leader, Bussiness Manager, Vicar General, etc.)
Director
What (Arch)diocese is your Catholic entity located in?
Chicago
City of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Chicago
State of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Illinois
Why would you like to participate in this forum?
To learn, to engage with others committed to growing vital Catholic parishes and local churches, to join in a network of skilled practitioner-learners.

Daniel Gast's Blog

The Mission of Papa Francis

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

In Chicago, I do not think anyone is smiling more broadly than Cardinal Archbishop George, Francis George, that is. Our own Francis has regularly appealed to us to get to the margins, to advocate and serve victims of violence, discrimination, and poverty.

The selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Christ's Vicar--and the humble surety with which he accepted the…

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Parish Mission and Ministry to Veterans and Military Families

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Fr. Joe Mulcrone directs Chicago's archdiocesan ministry to deaf and hearing impaired persons. A week after Veterans Day he was stopped near the end of his workout at the gym. It was a familiar voice that called him off the treadmill, that of a Viet Nam veteran.

"Hey, Father. Damndest thing just happened in church on Veterans Day. At the end of Sunday mass, Father stops everything and asks all the veterans to stand and get a blessing. People applauded! I didn't know that some people I…

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Receiving the First Time Pastor

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:39pm 0 Comments

Some may be saying it ain’t so, but really, when your parish got a new, new pastor, odds are you drew one of the long straws.  Your sense of parish mission is about to be stretched.

 

Here is what we learned about first-time pastors in the INSPIRE project.  They bring energy, and they bring spiritual depth refined by a sense of anticipation and vulnerability. For what seems to them ages, they’ve been rehearsing this role, usually as associate pastors. (Chicago still enjoys the…

Continue

Missions that Matter

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:46pm 1 Comment

In Chicago, we are daily, weekly, conscious of the reputation we are getting. Our children are dying, victims of gunfire, and at least some of the shooters are children. Days ago, on the steps of a Catholic Church on our South Side, as a funeral service let out, two people were shot, the young man who died on the sidewalk shot 17 times.

 

The weekend after, a large group of parishioners arrived from another parish 30 miles to the north, just to offer solidarity and join in…

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