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Mission Statement

Inspired and nourished by the Gospel and the Church’s teaching, we empower parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to discern and respond to the needs of their communities and promote the dignity of all human persons through direct service, legislative advocacy, community organizing, and global solidarity.

Foster the Good


Thursday May 27, 2021
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Realizing that ministry has radically shifted in the past year, the Office for Evangelization, the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life, and the Office of Social Ministries are presenting a new monthly speaker series: Foster the Good. In his Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti (paragraphs 77-78), Pope Francis writes that we are all constantly presented with new opportunities to care for our brothers and sisters. He encourages us to act locally, out of a sense of fraternity, and as part of a community. Those that serve the church: Youth Ministers, Social Ministers, Campus Ministers, and Volunteers, have found themselves pushed in new directions, and this series looks to build up the skills needed to truly serve the Church in this particular period of time.

The last week of each month will feature a lunchtime speaker who will present on a relevant issue or method of ministry. Following the event, we’ll post online references and guides for how to utilize the topics discussed. Additionally, we’ll provide training opportunities for people who want to further learn and grow in these areas.

Our next Foster the Good session will be Thursday, May 27, 2021. This month we will host Jim Beckman who will be speaking to us about Maintaining Zeal in Your Ministry.  Following the chaotic year we have had and looking to the future it’s important to make sure we are staying excited and centered why we are serving the Church. Jim is the executive director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as well as the executive director of ImpactCenter, a nonprofit dedicated to leadership development in the Catholic Church.

Click here to view past Foster the Good Sessions.

Click here to register in advance





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