Final parish families announced
After more than a year of careful planning and consultation, the final parish families for the Archdiocese of Seattle were announced February 3, 2024. The parish families will go into effect on July 1st under the leadership of a pastor and one or more parochial vicars. Pastors and parochial vicars will be announced this spring.
What people are saying
We heard these expressions of hope from all around the Archdiocese of Seattle last year throughout the input and consultation process.
What is Partners in the Gospel?
Partners in Gospel is the next stage of the strategic pastoral planning effort taking place across the Archdiocese of Seattle to re-invigorate and renew our local Catholic Church. It will bring most parishes together into a new family structure with two or more parishes. The pastor, parish leaders and parishioners will determine how this new family will best join together to carry out the mission of the Church as one parish.
Why do we need Partners in the Gospel?
Today we face many realities that impact parish life and make it difficult to fully live out our mission. This archdiocesan-wide renewal effort will help us better support vibrant, sustainable, mission-focused parish communities across the entire Archdiocese of Seattle.
Videos and reports
After watching the videos above, learn more about Partners in the Gospel from the following resources.
Read Archbishop Etienne's Partners in the Gospel Pastoral Letter
In Archbishop Etienne’s pastoral letter, Partners in the Gospel: A Pastoral Letter to the Priests and People of the Church in Western Washington, he addresses the changes in our archdiocese over the last 10 years, his vision for parish leadership and structure, and ways to measure parish health and vibrancy. Read the letter:
Partners in the Gospel - Prayer
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Perpectives on Partners in the Gospel
Father Michael Dion, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Snohomish
Jesus Gomez Sanchez, parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver
Rosa Luna, parishioner at St. Pius X in Mountlake Terrace
“Why is Partners in the Gospel necessary? I would simply say that with all of the changes that we're facing today, globally, culturally and within the church, it's very clear the status quo is no longer an option. It's very easy for us to just continue to keep doing the same thing and hoping that things will improve. That's not a strategy to make a difference.”
~ Archbishop Etienne
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