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Reliable information about the Catholic population should be the foundation of all pastoral planning. The following are some of the questions that need to be answered if a parish or diocese wants to be effective in developing the faith and leadership of the people it is called to serve:

  • How many people consider themselves to be Catholic?
  • How many are going to church on Sundays?
  • What is their primary language?
  • What kind of formal education do they have?
  • How have they been evangelized and catechized?
  • What social and economic resources do they have?
  • What challenges do they face in their economic, relational, and religious lives?

Instituto Fe y Vida’s Research and Resource Center is prepared to help you answer these questions and create a pastoral plan that will develop Hispanic leaders for church and society, thereby enriching the faith life of all those you serve. We can provide any of the following products and services, adapted to your particular goals and needs:

•  Analysis of Census and other public data sources (click here for a PDF sample)

•  Survey design and analysis to assess pastoral resources and needs

•  Consultation services, drawing on our pastoral experience, professional skills in planning, programming, and evaluation, and awareness of resources available in the field

•  Facilitation of convocations and other processes for developing a comprehensive pastoral plan for your diocese or region

•  In-service workshops to equip priests and other pastoral ministers to meet the challenges for ministry in linguistically, culturally, religiously, and socioeconomically diverse parishes

If you would like to request more information about the Center’s data and consulting services, give us a call. We are here to help!

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