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5.2.1 Core and Pastoral Values

Dedicated to the mission of the archdiocese and recognizing the special pastoral administrative roles that staff members and volunteers fulfill in the service of the people of God, the lay employees, clergy, religious, and volunteers commit themselves to live and reflect core and pastoral values that emanate from and further that mission.

Core Values

  • Servant leadership

The essence of staff members' work is service to each other and their constituents throughout the archdiocese. That service is rooted in the gospel model of servant leadership.

  • Christian dignity and respect 

Christian dignity and mutual respect are the values that characterize personal relationships and the working environment. Professional relationships must reflect the belief that we are called to respect one another

  • Commitment to community

"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:35).
Ministry in the archdiocese is blessed and strengthened by a community and personal prayer life as well as social activities that promote unity and morale. A dedication to the continuous development of Christian community requires that the overall good of the community takes precedence over the personal goals and ambitions of individuals.

  • Collaboration in ministry 

Staff members serve in an environment that requires and promotes good interpersonal relations and collaboration with other staff within the archdiocese as well as organizations throughout the archdiocese. Such a cooperative environment breaks down the barriers that divide individuals and encourages a unity of purpose throughout the organization.

Pastoral Values

  • Service

We are here to serve.  We are dedicated to serving the Archbishop's pastoral priorities and ministries of archdiocesan parishes, schools, charities, and other agencies, with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, treating everyone with respect, kindness and Christian charity.

  • Stewardship

We are committed to being responsible for the financial resources and assets entrusted to us. We strive for the highest standards of financial transparency and fiscal accountability. We are committed to exemplifying best practices and high ethical standards and ensuring that our parishes, schools and other institutions have the policies and training they need to also be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them.

  • Communication

We serve our parishes and other institutions as collaborative partners in carrying out the mission of the Church.  We are committed to full and open communication among ourselves as well as with the institutions of the Archdiocese and with the broader public.

  • Excellence

What are we doing, we are doing for Jesus and his Kingdom.  We aim for the highest quality in the products, services and ministries we provide and in the care that we show to those we serve.

Responsibilities to Civil and Canon Law
Civil laws, rules, and regulations at the local, state, and federal levels apply to the archdiocese, although these governmental directives are subject to exemptions arising out of constitutional and statutory protections for religious institutions.  At the same time, the archdiocese recognizes and affirms its unique relationship and responsibilities to canon law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as interpreted by the ordinary/diocesan bishop of the archdiocese.


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