STM has begun conducting a Parish Examen to help us deepen our parish's unique jesuit charisms and to discern a 5-year plan. Parishioners, parish leadership, and staff are asked to reflect on where you see God working in our parish and the desires you have for our future. We believe God is present in our parish. We believe that God has a call and a mission for us that is not ours to decide, but ours to claim. We look forward to taking time to pause, listen, and be inspired with you!
We invite all parishioners to take this short survey to help us gather a full and complete understanding of parishioners' reflections and desires for our future.
STM is part of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, which has invited all Jesuit parishes in the Province to engage in an examen process. The Society believes Jesuit parishes can be a light in our hurting church and world. The Parish Examen process is designed to help us claim and foster our parish’s unique Jesuit charisms. At the end of our examen process, we will share the fruit of our prayer with the Province.
We gained valuable insight from the Synod Small Group conversations that occurred at our parish in the fall of 2021. Fr. RJ (as STM’s future pastor) and our Parish Council would like to build upon that insight and take this opportunity to discern the desires and goals we are being called to focus on for the next 5 years.
This stage is intended to help us notice and become aware of what is actually occurring (or not) in our parish. Foundational documents, articles, and generative questions will be provided to begin prayer and discernment.
This stage is an opportunity to engage our hearts, notice consolations and desolations, and sense a call from God. Parish leadership, staff, and parishioners will all have opportunities to give input.
This stage is where we define our collective call as a parish. Pastoral council will use input from parishioners, staff, and parish leadership to create a document of our discerned calls and commitments and a detailed 5-year plan.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office! We are happy to help.