Who do we think we are as parish? The answer to this question, and the unspoken assumptions behind it, can drive who we are and what we do as a community of faith. Based on the work of Fr James Mallon, author of Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission, this workshop will take a light- hearted look at several ‘models’ of parish we can find ourselves working from and how these models can hinder or help the effectiveness of our mission. A new model that will help parishes in their efforts to ‘make disciples’ will then be proposed and discussed.
Lorraine McCarthy is the Alpha in a Catholic Context Co-ordinator in Australia. As a Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Melbourne she has run Alpha in Parishes since 1999 and has seen how Alpha can both welcome people new to faith and re-energise existing Parishioners. Lorraine is passionate about growing Parishes through strong pastoral vision and adult faith formation. She has a degree in Theology and a Post-Graduate Diploma specialising in Adult Faith Formation. She is a Spiritual Director and is part of the Pallotti College Retreat Team. She teaches the Catherine of Siena Institute Called and Gifted Workshop.