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Tracing the Pulse: An investigation into the Vitality of Australian Catholic Parishes

Dantis, Trudy (2015) Tracing the Pulse: An investigation into the Vitality of Australian Catholic Parishes. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This study examines how various measures of parish vitality provide a greater understanding of the expressions of vitality found in Australian Catholic parishes. The research expands the existing literature about activities, programs and characteristics of parish life that influence parish vitality.

A theological framework centered on the concept of Church as communion and sociological research done on Australian and overseas Catholic parishes are used to propose eight measures as indicators of vitality in Catholic parishes.

Data was collected in ten parishes using a qualitative mixed methods approach.

The findings revealed that empowering lay leadership, strong community bonds and diversity in spiritual, social and outreach aspects were some of the major contributors to vitality. A great diversity was seen in participating parishes in expressing different aspects of vitality, along with a critical need for diocesan support to sustain parish vitality through strategic leadership planning and ongoing collaboration.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Catholic, parish, pastoral, planning, church, community, faith, mission, spirituality, liturgy, leadership, priests
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 06:18
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2015 06:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1741

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