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People on a journey of missionary discipleship. Priests who have the time to be present, attend to the needs of their people, and lead their parish to fulfill Christs great commission. Parishes that are alive in faith, filled with vitality, ready to form people to radiate Christ at home, in their neighborhoods and workplace, towns and cities, and in the world. BEACONS of LIGHT is a strategic, pastoral planning process that will lead us toward such a bright future for the parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for our third century.

Frequently Asked Questions

Beacons of Light is a planning process through which parishes will be grouped together to form vital, evangelizing communities of faith.

There are many reasons for this planning process:

  • Our parishes need to be vibrant communities of faith in order to form us as disciples of Jesus Christ who radiate Christ in our lives and in the world. 
  • Declining religious practice in the U.S. points to the need for strong parishes that lead people to encounter Christ and form us as missionary disciples
  • We need to better understand the impact of changes in demographics in many areas within our archdiocese
  • We will have fewer priests who can serve as pastors in the future. 
  • Winter and spring, 2021: data gathering and analysis and process development
  • Summer and autumn, 2021: parish groupings will be discerned; pilot processes with select groups of parishes will take place
  • Spring, 2022: second pilot process
  • Summer, 2022: the first wave of implementation 

Beacons of Light Introductory Materials:

  • Slides and Recording
  • Radiate Christ
  • Change leadership framework
  • Vatican Instruction on the Parish

“The parish is a beacon that radiates the light of the faith and thus responds to the deepest and truest desires of the human heart, giving meaning and hope to the lives of individuals and families.”

 — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, December 10, 2006

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Staff Directory

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Fr. Jan Schmidt

Director, Pastoral Vitality and Evangelization
Rob Brock, Director of the Pastoral Planning Office

Rob Brock

Director, Office for Pastoral Planning
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Leisa Anslinger

Director, Center for Pastoral Vitality
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Jeremy Helmes

Director, Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments