Small Christian Communities in the Diocese of Erie began as an outgrowth from the RENEW process which was held in the diocese between 1985 and 1988. At that time the diocese wrote a statement expressing its commitment to continue to nourish and support the development of small communities throughout the parishes of the diocese.
The diocese has adopted the work of Father Art Baranowski of the Archdiocese of Detroit as a basis for its endeavors in this area. These groups meet on a regular basis mostly in homes and attempt to integrate the five elements of community-prayer, support, sharing, learning and outreach or ministry into their format. Almost all of the parishes involved have trained facilitators and these facilitators meet on a monthly basis with the pastor and or Core Team.
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