Catholics 'Summoned to Serve'
Diocese announces two-year theme and logo to portray it
By Dcn. Paul Grimm
During the next two years, all the Church of the Diocese of Green
Bay will be invited to served others through charity and justice
with the new diocesan theme, "Summoned to Serve."
The theme is an outgrowth of Renew 2000, which soon will enter
its final season, and the Jubilee Year, both of which emphasize
the need to put our faith and spirituality into action.
Summoning has diverse meanings - from a simple call to dinner to
an urgent calling forth by those in authority - and it requires a
For example, Moses was summoned to the mountaintop and he
summoned all of Israel. Jesus and the apostles continued this
emphasis on being summoned to service, both individually and as
community. Usually, in the Bible, summons also includes a command
to listen, understand and act.
As baptized people and disciples of Jesus, we are summoned to
serve as Jesus did. Our baptismal summons requires a response as
a people of God. Every time we pray "Thy will be done" in the Our
Father, we surrender to the summons of the Lord.
We respond to our summons to serve, through the corporal works of
mercy: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing
the naked, visiting the imprisoned, sheltering the homeless,
visiting the sick, and burying the dead.
We serve spiritually by admonishing sinners, instructing the
ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful,
bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving all injuries, and praying for
the living and dead.
We are also summoned to promote justice for all, especially for
those who are voiceless or who depend on others. As we respond to
the summons to serve, we promote the dignity of people in all
stages or conditions of life as we spread the good news of the
Gospel through lives of charity and justice.
(Dcn. Grimm is the diocesan consultant for social concerns and is a member of the diocesan theme committee.)