Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes has announced Priest Personnel Changes that will be effective beginning July 1. For the list, please click here.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Father Hugh Dolan on May 21, 2015. Father Dolan was born on February 10, 1930 in Langford Town, Ireland to James Dolan & Margaret (Hernan) Dolan. After studying for the priesthood at St. Patrick Seminary in Carlow he was ordained by the most Reverend Thomas Keogh on June 8, 1957. He arrived in the United States on October 3, 1957 and has served in the Diocese of Mobile; Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham; Diocese of St. Augustine and the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. On February 11, 2000 and upon reaching his 70th Birthday, Father Dolan retired from active ministry and assisted at various parishes until his health no longer permitted him to serve. A Mid-day Prayer service will be held at 12:30pm Friday, May 29, 2015 with visitation continuing until a Mass of Christian Burial begins at 2:00pm from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where Fr. Dolan served from 1960 until 1967. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. And may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
FORMING DISCIPLES - Helping people to grow to their full maturity in Christ based on a rich and deep understanding of Scripture and Tradition. It touches marriage and family, adult and child, leadership and discipleship, and community. Our goals under this priority are:
Launch a Lay Formation Institute to train lay leaders with consideration to the unique needs of our smaller parishes by Jan. 1, 2017.
Introduce at least three new diocesan initiatives to support and enhance faith formation, marriage, and family life by Jan. 1, 2016.
INVITING OTHERS TO THE FAITH - Spreading the joy of the Gospel in both word and deed to the faithful, to those who are not living their baptismal call, and to those who have never known Jesus Christ. Our goal under this priority is:
Establish an Office of Evangelization by Jan. 1, 2016, to work with parishes and guide or enhance efforts to engage those who do not know the faith, have left the faith, or are unengaged in their Catholic faith.
DISCIPLES IN ACTION - Living out our baptismal call and modeling Christ's love, we serve the poor and our neighbors in need. Our goals under this priority are:
Convene an Advocacy and Justice team to enhance and promote Catholic Social Teaching at the parish level, by Sept. 15, 2015.
Build a coordination of care model for efficient outreach to those in need throughout the diocese by July 1, 2016.
Increase volunteer outreach to the poor and marginalized by ten percent by Sept. 30, 2016.