11 parishes earn ‘Darn Good Parish’ awards

By | May 13, 2009

Mark Mogilka, director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, said the idea for the recognition list came to him during the diocese’s annual Team Days in March, which this year had the theme: “Revitalizing Parish Ministry.”

“It dawned on me,” said Mogilka, “that here were national speakers (Paul Wilkes and Leisa Anslinger) talking about really good parishes they had worked with around the country and that we have some really good parishes in our diocese, too. So why not affirm and recognize these parishes?”

Mogilka, who has just co-authored “Pastoring Multiple Parishes” (Loyola Press, 2009) with Kate Wiskus, scoured the diocesan databases going back 10 years for records to measure parish growth. He selected three criteria to gauge that growth:

• Mass attendance;

• Number of contributing units that give $100 or more a year; and

• Growth in overall income.

Out of the 159 parishes in the diocese, 11 names came up. (The goal was 10, but Mogilka found two parishes that tied.) The top “darn good” parishes, in alphabetical order by city, are:

• St. Agnes, Amberg

• St. Paul, Combined Locks

• St. James, Cooperstown

• St. Mary, De Pere

• St. Norbert College Parish, De Pere

• Ss. Edward and Isidore, Flintville

• St. Mary – Greenville

• St. Joseph Holy Family, Phlox

• Holy Trinity, School Hill

• St. Mary Magdalene, Waupaca

• St. Paul, Wrightstown

Each parish will receive a letter of recognition and “the satisfaction of knowing they are doing something right,” said Mogilka.

He does not envision the list being an annual event, but could see it being compiled “maybe in another 10 years.”

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