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Hopes for the future of the Church

Michael Kelliher is a freshman at St. Michael High School in Brattleboro. (Vermont Catholic/Cori Fugere Urban) Michael Kelliher is a freshman at St. Michael High School in Brattleboro.
As plans moved forward for a diocesan synod, Staff Writer Cori Fugere Urban asked people throughout the Diocese of Burlington what their hopes and ideas are for the future of the Catholic Church in Vermont. Here are their responses.
 

My hope for the future of the Church would be that we would see new and continued growth, especially more young people coming back to the Church.
-- Lori Limoges, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Springfield
 
My hope for the Church is that the Church recognizes all of the beautiful parts of the Church and make that as a gift to the world so that people will want to have what we have and want to be working together to focus on the positive instead of the negative.
--Ray Sevigny, St. Bridget Church, West Rutland
 
My hope for the future of the Church is that the Church will continue to hold true to what is real and what is true as it always has in a world that is radically changing and bring that truth to the rest of humanity.
--Will Buckley, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, Bennington
 
My hope for the future of the Church is that the Eucharist will always be the focus of Catholic living.
-- Linda Olio, All Saints Church, Richford
 
My hope for the future of the Church is that people of our Church will step up and be mentors in the faith to the young children of our parishes.
--Betsy Mercier, St. Charles Church, Bellows Falls
 
My hope for the Church is to see more young families at church, to see more kids baptized and go through CCD programs and become [practicing] Catholics later on in their lives.
--Elliott Curtin, St. Augustine Church, Montpelier
 
My hope for the Church is to continue the path set forth by Pope Francis: to encourage an emphasis on God’s mercy, to be inclusive to all especially the poor and to continue his commitment of ongoing interfaith dialogue. I can’t help but wonder if Jesus were here, what would He say, what would He ask us to do. I am a strong believer, as are my parents, in doing His works, of helping others as a means to profess my faith and my belief in God and the Catholic Church.
--Michael Kelliher, freshman, St. Michael High School, Brattleboro
 
I see young people spreading the Gospel message in new and exciting ways that we haven’t even thought about, perhaps by asking the priest or the bishop to bless their phone or their computer to remind them to use them only for good; maybe consecrating every message to Jesus, Mary and Joseph with a “JMJ” at the beginning or a “PTL” [Praise the Lord] at the end. I see them bringing Jesus to the world through the Internet to people who need to hear His message of compassion, love, forgiveness and peace.
--Edmundite Frederick McLachlan, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Putney, and the West River Missions

Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Catholic magazine.
 
 
 
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