The Diocesan Vision Statement and the 2010-2015 Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Colorado Springs reminded us that:
As disciples of Christ, we [must] take deliberate action to
realize the Kingdom of God in our midst.
2010-2015 Pastoral Plan for
the Diocese of Colorado Springs
There are many cultural issues: divorce, suicide, attacks against
life, sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and many
The Vision statement went on to say that we are all called to
work together to address these cultural issues, that
“Our call as Catholic
is to create a new culture”, however, “even with everyone
working together, we will fail if we rely on our own strength; it
is only through God’s grace and power that we can transform
ourselves, our institutions, and our world. “
As laity, we have a
special role in the culture as stated by the Vision
Our parishioners will take the lead in addressing
important social and moral issues that face our society.
Founded and formed in their Catholic faith, they will
express the unchanging Truth of the Gospel with love and
compassion. They will witness to the reality that
everything we have is a gift from God and needs to be
shared with others for the common good.
The Diocesan Vision Statement
The Diocesan office of Mission Effectiveness, with the help of
some volunteer consultants, developed a response from a lay
perspective to help mobilize and focus laity on their role in
society from a Church perspective and how they could effectively
impact the culture from this perspective. LEL was formed and
introduced with a presentation in two kickoff meetings in Sep
2010. Regular monthly meetings started in Nov 2010.