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5.2.1 Core 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 values that emanate from and further that mission. These values are:

  • Service to others 

  • Christian dignity and respect 

  • Commitment to community 

  • Collaboration in ministry 

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 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.

"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.

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.

Responsibilities to Civil and Canon Law

While acknowledging civil laws, rules, and regulations at the local, state, and federal levels, the archdiocese also 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.