.- Diocesan and parish leaders will reflect on the future staffing of parishes at a national symposium this week. "Enhancing The Mission" will be held Sept. 21-23 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The three-day event is expected to draw diocesan and parish leaders from many western dioceses, Bishop Gerald Wilkerson told The Tidings. The auxiliary bishop of the San Fernando region has headed the Task Force on Alternate Parish Leadership for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Officials from the National Pastoral Life Center, New York, will open the conference along with Cardinal Roger Mahony. Participants will also share and reflect on seven presentations on the following themes: parish and pastor; parish leadership; lay leadership of the parish; leadership in a parish without a resident pastor; specific models of parish staffing; training models; integration and implementation in the diocese.