Elections for the Parish Council open this week, and I wished to share my sincere hope that you’ll vote. I also wanted to share a bit about the impact that volunteer service on the Parish Council has had on my own faith life.
In 2015, my husband David and I relocated to Minneapolis from Washington D.C. In our search for a new parish, we visited The Basilica for Mass. Then the celebrant began with: “wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.” We looked at each other and shared a common understanding: this was our new spiritual home.
Not long after becoming parish members, we both had the opportunity to serve in volunteer leadership roles—David as a section leader in the Cathedral Choir, and I as a member of the Parish Council. It made an impression that we as new members were invited to engage in shaping our work as a parish community—whether through a musical performance or a new strategic plan. Our service in parish volunteer roles created a strong sense of community and belonging for us, for which we are so grateful.
In my role as a member of the Parish Council, I was honored to be a part of The Basilica’s Our Parish, Our Future strategic planning process. This parish-wide plan is a great example of the impact that collaboration between Basilica leadership and staff, and parish volunteers can have in advancing The Basilica’s mission. I can say with confidence that the contributions of nearly 100 volunteers who helped to shape and refine the plan greatly strengthened the outcome of the process. For my own part, it was an opportunity to utilize my professional background in strategy consulting and nonprofit management to serve the parish. The Our Parish, Our Future planning process is just one example of the many ways that volunteers strengthen our parish and service to the community.
Parish volunteer service has had a meaningful impact on my own faith life. I support The Basilica because I believe in its vision to be a home of spiritual nourishment, a beacon of hope and an advocate for change. As a parishioner, it has been meaningful to me to play an active role in working toward this vision through Parish Council service.
Each member of our community plays an important role in bringing The Basilica’s mission and vision to life. Thank you for your support of our parish! This year, I encourage you to actively participate in our parish elections, and also to consider how your unique skills and interests can map to volunteer service at our parish in the coming year.
Please reach out to me or other members of the Parish Council if you have any questions about lay leadership opportunities, or if you would like to share any comments or thoughts with us on parish life. We look forward to connecting with you.
Contact us at mary.org/parishcouncil.