What is Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead?
Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead is Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin's pastoral vision for the Archdiocese of Newark. It seeks to establish a positive path forward for the faithful, the clergy, and the Archdiocese while simultaneously addressing crucial challenges of the past and present. It is a foundation for healing that addresses the hurt and mistrust within our community, reinforces the changes we have begun to implement, and provides a firm foundation for our lives as missionary disciples of Jesus. Forward in Faith Together will ensure that we flourish as a community of disciples, companions of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Six Pillars of Forward in Faith Together
The work of Forward in Faith Together is supported by six key pillars, each representing an area of action that calls for our renewed energy. They are: Protection of the Faithful; Accountability, Transparency and Communication; Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning; Lifelong Faith Formation and Education; Ongoing Formation/Support of Clergy; and Active Engagement of the Laity.
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"My vision for our Archdiocese is one of genuine solidarity in Christ. Our differences should enrich our Church, not divide it. The challenges we face should bring us closer together and allow the Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom, courage, hope, and generosity we need to be successful missionary disciples. We have a responsibility to the Lord to never tire tending His vineyard. After all, the Church is His."
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark