In June, when Bishop Howard J. Hubbard invited Catholics to
participate in "Called to be Church," a two-year effort to imagine
the future of the faith in the Albany Diocese, we began weekly coverage of
We knew that Catholics would be hungry for information about
the stages of the program as well as for ideas to inspire their own thinking
about how to best carry on the mission and ministry of Jesus.
For the three months from June until September, our weekly
coverage included individual articles as well as a special issue that
highlighted Catholics in each of the 14 counties of the Diocese. Those
articles appeared throughout the newspaper. Then, two weeks ago, we
inaugurated a page devoted solely to "Called to be Church" (see
page 13 this week), so that readers would have a regular place to find
information and insights.
As we weighed what to place on that page, it soon became
apparent that almost every article The Evangelist prints has some relation
to the program.
That's because we profile Catholics who are living their
faith; we describe parish efforts to educate children, comfort the grieving
and mobilize action to better the world; we detail how the faithful work to
improve their neighborhoods, cities, state, nation and world.
For the next two years until "Called to be Church"
concludes, we will continue to publish a special page dedicated to the
program. But we urge readers to consider how much of our other coverage is
about Catholics who are being the hands of Jesus in the world today.
That coverage, while not labeled as such, is also part of
envisioning the future of our faith.
(Our coverage of "Called to be Church" is
archived on our website, www.evangelist.org.)