Detroit, Mich., Nov 2, 2018 / 03:00 am
A year after Detroit's archbishop released a letter outlining a plan for his diocese' revitalization, the diocese is working to put his words into action with a campaign called "Unleash the Gospel."
The archdiocese held a year of prayer in 2014, asking the Holy Spirit to revitalize their diocese, which is facing a steady decline in practicing Catholics. In 2016 the diocese held a synod, a meeting of lay Catholics, priests, deacons, and religious, to discuss evangelization, the challenges facing the diocese, and potential solutions.
Communication director Edmundo Reyes told CNA that he hopes the archdiocese' new initiative, which is primarily based around short videos, will encourage parishes, individuals and families to cultivate a missionary attitude.
Reyes said more than 550 volunteers plan to encourage parishioners at all 218 parishes Nov. 3-4 to sign up for the Archdiocese' daily "Unleash the Gospel" emails. There will also be reflection booklets available for those without a smartphone or computer.