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Historical Recap – Part 14

July 25, 2005 was the day, chosen by the bishop, to accept and publish The Pastoral Plan for the City of Steubenville. His decree made the Pastoral Plan effective on August 6, 2005. As of that effective date, the Steubenville Task Force ceased to exist.

However, shortly thereafter, the bishop moved very quickly to implementation.

  • As of September 14, 2005, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Triumph of the Cross Parish was formed and its pastor named.
  • The Implementation Team was formed from some former Task Force members and others. This group is charged with the implementation of the entire Pastoral Plan.
  • Another group formed was The Schools Task Force. This group was formed to make a recommendation to the bishop on the configuration of our Catholic schools – only the ones within the city limits of Steubenville. Within the next several weeks, The Schools Task Force will share with the public its recommendation prior to formally presenting it to the bishop. A new configuration of schools is expected for the 2007-2008 school year.
  • The final groups to be formed, these by Fr. McGuire, were the Triumph of the Cross Building Committee and Finance Council.

Fr. McGuire

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Preliminary Drawing of the New Cathedral in Today’s “Steubenville Register”

On the front page of today’s edition of The Steubenville Register is a preliminary conceptual drawing of the front of Triumph of the Cross Church, along with a series of Questions and Answers from Bishop Conlon about the new Cathedral.

Added August 20: We’ve also posted a couple of the architects’ conceptual drawings on our Parish Website.

As one of the members of the Building Committee, I can tell you that we’ve been very pleased with the work being done by Meacham & Apel Architects. They’re as enthusiastic about our new church and cathedral as we are! This is truly a group effort – pastors and laity coming from different parishes bringing different gifts and perspectives, and architects who truly listen to the ideas and concerns of parishoners and priests – peacefully guided by the Holy Spirit.

When I began writing this, I hadn’t intended to “wave the flag” about our architects or the building committee, but as I reflected on our many meetings and discussions since we began our work last Fall, I realized how blessed I am to be part of this process on behalf of my parish community and the diocese. We have a long way to go and many tasks to accomplish before Triumph of the Cross is dedicated and we worship there together, but I have no doubt that God will continue guiding us each step of the way as He has so far.

Jim Coyle

Historical Recap – Part 13

The Task Force presented its first proposal to Bishop Conlon on November 1, 2004. While the bishop attended only a couple of our meetings, he received minutes from each meeting. He would sometimes respond to something in those minutes by asking a question or two for clarification.

It was determined that our first proposal wouldn’t work. Therefore, the Task Force spent the next six months determining how our second proposal could be put into effect. After consultation with the Presbyteral Council (diocesan council of priests), the bishop accepted our final proposal, and it is now taking effect.

Fr. McGuire

Historical Recap – Part 12

After over a year of working and praying together, the Task Force determined that it was time to start discussing not only the number of parishes, but which parishes. Our first proposals involved four parishes – either two downtown and two in the West End or one downtown and three in the West End. However, we soon decided we needed only two or three parishes. The reason for the change in thinking was our fear that the next generation would have to go through this process all over again. In other words, if trends don’t change, there will be far fewer Catholics in Steubenville in the years to come. We felt that with four parishes our children may find themselves in the same predicament we face today. We decided to do what none of us really seriously considered before. Our perspective dramatically changed when we imagined ourselves twenty years in the future looking back to the decisions made today.

Fr. McGuire