Summary of the Deanery Stewardship Forums – March 2019

– By Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky

 

On Saturdays of March 2019, the Eparchy of Saskatoon gathered in Deanery groups to share and learn from each other.

Bishop Bryan’s main point was that “every adult in the Eparchy will know from where he or she will be receiving the sacraments and catechesis for the next 15 years”.

Nestor’s presentation was on the statistics gathered from the P-forms and D-forms. Not many people were surprised to know that the Eparchy is changing rapidly. Demographics are decreasing and expenses are increasing.

Each priest, in some cases with district delegates, presented their district situation. A very touching moment was when Fr. Basil Malowany, likened the now combined districts of Ituna and Wynyard, to the children of a mixed marriage. A favorite quote was when Fr. Rac repeated “No parish and no cemetery will ever be orphaned.” Another favorite comment was from Fr. Kachur when he said “Don’t make us adopt a new system because we already work as a family.” Many great examples of district cooperation were shared. Many stories of challenges and future closures were presented.

My presentation was meant to help us brainstorm new ideas, to “think outside the box”. Many of the things I shared in the hypothetical proposal were unrealistic or unachievable and even controversial. But the benefit was twofold. First it presented an alternate model of being church which allows us to prayerfully come up with even better models.  Secondly it allowed us an opportunity to enter into dialogue; to practice how to respectfully disagree and how to think about and stimulate new ideas.

The discussions which concluded the 4 hour meetings were not meant to resolve problems, but rather to help us ask the right questions.

I think that these Deanery stewardship meetings were beneficial. I think that we are more aware now of our districts and of the other districts with which we share a deanery. One comment which came back to me loud and clear was “What is the next step?”

The immediate next step is for everyone who was at one of the meetings to talk with those who were not. Keep sharing, keep learning, keep asking the right questions. Most of all keep considering Bishop Bryan’s point “that every adult in the Eparchy will know from where he or she will be receiving the sacraments and catechesis for the next 15 years”.

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