Inspiration: Pope Francis has said, “The Holy Spirit also enriches the entire evangelizing Church with different charisms. These gifts are meant to renew and build up the Church. They are not an inheritance, safely secured and entrusted to a small group for safekeeping; rather they are gifts of the Spirit integrated into the body of the Church, drawn to the center which is Christ and then channeled into an evangelizing impulse.” (EG, 130)
Introduction: Imagine a parish community where all of the laity have discovered and are using their spiritual gifts and direct them authentically to the heart of the Gospel. We might find that we will have parish communities guided by the Holy Spirit, living in communion, to be mysteriously fruitful. (EG, 130)
How can we accomplish this? The Diocese of Cleveland has finalized the project and retreats are beginning. See events to the right. If you are interested in beginning the process with a retreat in your parish community contact Terrie Baldwin – firstname.lastname@example.org or Terri Preskar – email@example.com
The support of a small group in a parish community following the Spiritual Gifts Discernment Retreat would prove helpful to aid those who wish to further discover and develop their gifts, while also contributing to an overall communal spirit of congregational ministry. To assist in this continuing discussion, we have developed a four-week Spiritual Gifts Discernment Journal (Gospel of Mark), which includes prayer, Scripture, and questions for discussion.