As an aid to the ongoing formation of presbyterates, NOCERCC offers
, jointly with CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate). Cultivating Unity is a convocation conducted by NOCERCC on the basis of research CARA develops from inquiries and interviews with the diocesan bishop and his priests.
convocation engages a presbyterate to strengthen those things that unite priests among themselves and with their bishop, as well as identify those intrinsic things which inhibit such unity. “Too few priests,” “Too much work,” “Different Generational Ecclesiologies,” are three of the top five causes, according to the responses of priests, which inhibit the unity of presbyterates. These comments come from priests in nearly twenty dioceses that have engaged in the
process. Through a CARA survey and facilitated listening sessions, data is compiled to be presented at the convocation. During the convocation the presbyterate together reviews the findings. Then, aware of the challenges, the presbyterate, along with the Ordinary, address how best to develop a united Presbyterate.
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