Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. recently shared his pastoral vision, Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead, for the future of the Archdiocese of Newark at four Archdiocesan parishes. The vision is based on six key pillars and resulted from nearly three years of listening to parishioners, clergy, religious, and other faithful.

The pastoral vision, which maps out the future of the Archdiocese of Newark, outlines a positive path forward while simultaneously addressing crucial challenges of the past and present.

Cardinal Tobin discussed the Archdiocese’s key accomplishments to date, and described the key tenets of the pastoral vision’s six pillars:

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  • Protection of the Faithful
  • Accountability, Transparency, and Communication
  • Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning
  • Lifelong Faith Formation and Education
  • Ongoing Formation/Support of the Clergy

The events concluded with Q&A sessions, during which Cardinal Tobin answered questions on topics that included confronting the issue of abuse, pastoral planning at the parish level, and engaging young people more effectively.

Speaking afterwards to Archdiocese representatives, attendees remarked favorably on the Cardinal’s presentation. “This feeling that we’re going to work together, each parish together, that’s exciting to me,” said one parishioner, Andrew Cardona, of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Nutley. “There are a lot of challenges to overcome, but there really are a lot of opportunities if we dig down deep and come up with solutions to these challenges.”

Another attendee, Joseph W. Lochli of Newark, described the six pillars as a “great foundation” for the future of the Archdiocese.

To learn more and read Cardinal Tobin’s pastoral vision, visit forward.rcan.org.

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Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. recently shared his pastoral vision, Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead, for the future of the Archdiocese of Newark at four Archdiocesan parishes. The vision is based on six key pillars and resulted from nearly three years of listening to parishioners, clergy, religious, and other faithful.

During the visits the Cardinal outlined his vision and answered questions from parishioners. The pastoral vision, which maps out the future of the Archdiocese of Newark, outlines a positive path forward while simultaneously addressing crucial challenges of the past and present.