EVANGELISATION Brisbane will be the new guiding entity for the arch-diocese’s faith and mission journey from the start of next year.
The new entity will replace Faith and Life, which since 2005 has run a range of services to parishes and deaneries and ecclesial organisations, and supported large-scale pastoral projects such as Pray 2010.
Archdiocesan vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely will oversee the process of transition to the new structure.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the decision followed a review “to identify which existing or new services and ministries, currently funded from the archdiocesan budget, are needed for the mission of the Church in Brisbane over the six-year period 2015 and 2020”.
The review also looked at the operation of Centacare Pastoral Ministries, which include Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care, Prison Ministry, Murri Ministry and Apostleship of the Sea, prison chaplains, hospital chaplains and Shiloh HIV-AIDS Ministry.
Archbishop Coleridge said the review had responded to changing financial priorities of the archdiocese.
“This required reduction in some areas of current expenditure,” he said.
He acknowledged the leadership of Geoff Gowdie who was the executive director of Faith and Life.
“We are deeply in the debt of Geoff and his team, for whom the work has been far more than a job,” he said.
Mr Gowdie expressed his appreciation to Faith and Life’s departing staff for all they had contributed to the local Church and beyond.
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