|Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
Let Your Light Shine is the primary source for articulating the future
directions of the Archdiocese arising from the Synod Promulgation in
2003 and for guiding the allocation of resources for our efforts to be a
vibrant and evangelising local Church.
In 2003 I asked the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council to draft a document to
assist me and the Council of Priests to take forward the Jesus Communion
Mission vision and the nine archdiocesan priorities. I saw the project as a
way of drawing together the many planning initiatives that would arise
from the Synod along with other necessary elements that form part of the
ongoing life and mission of the local Church here. I wanted a document
that would become the common reference point for all, both for planning
pastoral initiatives and for evaluating our progress in implementing the
vision and priorities.
Let Your Light Shine is that document. It captures the Jesus Communion
Mission vision and the nine priorities, and seeks to work with the diversity
of faith communities and organisations that make up our local Church.
The outcome we hope for is that our archdiocesan vision and priorities
will translate into relevant, life-giving actions for people within and
beyond our communities.
Let Your Light Shine is primarily for pastoral leaders and those who work
with them in directing the life and mission of our Catholic communities,
groups and institutions. Our future as an Archdiocese in the mission of
Christ depends on our willingness to work together with the Holy Spirit
and with one another. It is only in communion with one another that we
can find the power to be an evangelising Church. The challenges of this
present age call us together ever more strongly to implement effective
ways of proclaiming and living the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In conjunction with the archdiocesan website, where particular plans will
be posted as they become available, Let Your Light Shine will become a
journey in which we will evolve and revitalise our plans and actions
within the framework of the vision and priorities.
I ask each Catholic community, Catholic organisation and individual
Catholic to become a living part of these efforts to make Jesus better
known, loved and followed in this part of the world which it is our
privilege and responsibility to serve.
Yours sincerely in Christ
Archbishop of Brisbane