What is Renew My Church?
A CALL TO REBUILD: to address the challenges of our time, we are called by Jesus to rebuild. Renew My Church is a vision and strategic plan guiding our response to this call for renewal. This spiritual revitalization will reclaim what is most central and sacred to our faith and breathe new life into our methods of sharing the Gospel. In this way, we can provide people a Church and a home for their faith that is marked by more faithful discipleship, a loving community, and an inspired source for witness. so that those for whom we pray are brought home to a Church that is marked by greater discipleship, loving community, and inspiring witness.
Praying before the San Damiano cross, St. Francis of Assisi heard Jesus call to him: “Go repair my Church, which, as you see, is falling completely into ruin.”
Similar to the call of St. Francis, we, the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago, are called by Jesus Christ to renew His Church. All of us. Not just our bishops. Not just the pastors and priests. Every one of us – “he who has ears, let him hear.” As a family in faith, we must respond to His call as a family.
At first, St. Francis initially took this to mean he was to repair the church buildings of San Damiano. However, he eventually discerned that Jesus was calling him to rebuild the spiritual life and vitality of the entire earthly Church. Likewise, we must see that the future of the Catholic Church is bigger than any of our parish buildings.
This icon of Jesus helps us remain focused on three very important realities as we renew our faith lives, parishes and Archdiocese:
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UCYM to Participate in Renew My Church
As a ministry that was designed with Renew My Church in mind, UCYM will take part in the Renew My Church process by being part of the discussions that will discern the direction our grouping will go. UCYM is a ministry not tied to one parish and is built on the idea of church as the people and that UCYM doesn't exist in a building or one parish campus, but wherever its people are. James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB will represent UCYM in the discussions and regularly discuss the process with UCYM staff, leaders, and participants of our programs.
Have questions about Renew My Church? Talk to James!