The Year of Witness

Diocesan and parish efforts during 2015 and 2016 can have a special focus on initiatives that seek to increase Christian witness and the support the bishops priority on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person:

  1. Communicating and engaging diocesan and parish leaders on effective communication messages to actively engage Catholics in the Church's promotion of the life and dignity of the human person;
  2. Participating in the national convening in 2016 to engage and motivate a broad cross section of Catholics to become active in promoting and supporting the Life and dignity of the Human Person;
  3. Strengthening and encouraging Catholic laity in their role as witnesses in the public square.
  4. Forming and training laity to understand and become engaged as evangelizers and witnesses to Christian faith;
  5. Strengthening the local relationship and communion between religious and the local ordinary through by increasing the number of bishops who meet annually with religious;
  6. Increasing the encouragement youth and young adults receive from youth, campus and young adult ministers to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life.1