James E. Healy, STL; Foreword by Nathan D. Mitchell
experience of working with a steering committee to build a new church, Father James Healy
in this volume takes a daunting task and makes it manageable.
provides engaging ideas for involving the parish community in decision making and for ensuring that the process of building a new church is a prayerful and sacred time.
The result, as Healy notes, can bring surprising and fruitful rewards: "The paradox I experienced was that I had set out to have the parish build their church, and in following all these processes, the new church built the parish."
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James E. Healy, STL, is a diocesan priest of Kansas Cityâ€"St.
Joseph, presently serving as pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine parish in Blue Springs, Missouri.
From 1986 to 2005 he
was pastor of St. Mark
the Evangelist parish in Independence, Missouri, where a new church was built under his
Father James Healy
has created an endearing reference that encompasses broad directions [and] specific details. . . . [T]his is a treasure of information that will definitely give you a leaping head start in knowing what is involved in balancing the entire process. . . . [W]hat a memorable and overwhelming spiritual experience.
shepherded a remarkable building process which resulted in a 1,000 seat new church of which the congregation overwhelmingly approves and calls its own.
shares what he
learned as a pastor facing the same situation.