Parish planning help offered
New consultant will help parishes and parish councils around diocese
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
Implementation of the parish planning process continues
throughout the Green Bay Diocese, and Diane Vanderheiden is here
Vanderheiden, the new diocesan consultant for parish planning and
councils, will provide support and service to pastors and
pastoral councils throughout the diocese, assisting with long
range planning at the parish level. She will also serve as a
liaison with parish business administrators.
"The church as we know it is changing and it is important to help
people find the right way to change," said Vanderheiden, who once
served as the business administrator at St. Willebrord Parish,
Green Bay. "Every area has to be thought out carefully. Each
situation is different."
"With her years of experience as a parish business manager, Diane
brings some new perspectives, talents, experiences and
opportunities for new services," said Mark Mogilka, diocesan
director of Pastoral Services. "There is much to be done to build
on the recently completed diocesan planning process and Diane
will be playing an important role in the linking, merging and
clustering of parishes."
Vanderheiden, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, De Pere,
witnessed the successful merger of St. Boniface and St. Joseph
parishes into Lourdes.
"I watched the communication flow," she said. "The request for
information was always there. People had time to adjust. I think
it has worked well."
Vanderheiden is planning parish visits and will present workshops
to assist faith communities with the planning process. Serving
the diocese has special meaning, she said.
"I have never lived outside the diocese," she said. "I grew up in
Cleveland in Manitowoc County in the southern portion of the
diocese. I was a member of St. Wendel Parish. I enjoyed working
at St. Willebrord and wanted to go back into working for the
church. It can be very rewarding."
Vanderheiden succeeds Sr. Mary Bride Grubbs, ANG, who became
chancellor of the Diocese of Green Bay on July 1.