Diocesan Assembly 2018
Outside of Stephansdom was a huge banner saying "Hier wird man Jünger" Here you will become Disciples.
Over three days the delegates were challenged to become true disciples of Christ - and to encourage others in, and outside of, their communities.
The Church can only grow when we become true Disciples of Jesus. Each of us is called by our Baptism to be Prophet, Priest and King, to share in the ministry and work of the Church.
In workshops we discovered some 'best practice,' and were able to share individual experiences. In presentations we heard how the Diocesan Development plan is being implemented - many challenges remain.
It is clear that the number of Catholic attending Mass here in Vienna is declining, along with the number of Priests. Both bring many pressures.
Rather than just accept the situation, we are rediscovering what it means to be a Missionary Church again. We need to be an oasis of Welcome - of hospitality - of evangelisation - of invitation.
The future will not be easy - because it involves all of us, each and everyone of us.
When did you last invite a neighbour, friend, work colleague to come to Mass with you.....?