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Organization of Leadership in Rural Parishes: Some Australian Catholic Case-Studies

Hughes, Philip J. (2013) Organization of Leadership in Rural Parishes: Some Australian Catholic Case-Studies. Rural Theology, 11 (1). pp. 3-14. ISSN 1470-4994

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Abstract

In Australia, many rural parishes are located in areas of declining population. With decreasing numbers of priests available to serve the Catholic parishes in Australia, and without the options of full lay leadership or ecumenical
arrangements used by other denominations, dioceses have been struggling to find solutions. Two case-studies present pictures of parishes in which lay people have taken increased responsibility for parish life. In one case, lay
leadership is shared with a priest who has responsibility for four parishes. In the other, lay leaders take full responsibility for a parish and the mass is celebrated by a visiting priest. Benefits have been experienced in that the lay people have taken greater ownership of the parishes and have grown in faith through their responsibilities. Appropriate support and mentoring have been major factors in the success of the new organizational models. Lay
leadership is especially appropriate in an age in which faith is understood as owned by the individual.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: rural, church, organization, leadership, lay, Catholic
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Rev Dr Philip Hughes
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 02:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 02:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1342

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