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Campaign for a voice in the selection of new leadership:
Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement for CCCR's  meeting with Archbishop Bernard Hebda. Michael Bayly, Art Stoeberl, and Paula Ruddy, CCCR Board members, met with him on Thursday afternoon, September 3.
Our purpose was to request Archbishop Hebda's support for an open and broad consultation process before the appointment of the next archbishop.
The good news is that he and the Archdiocesan staff have already begun planning for eight listening sessions throughout the archdiocese during September and October. They will focus on the needs for leadership in the archdiocese and the qualities of leadership the people perceive to be necessary here. In addition to listening sessions, they are planning other methods of communication too, written opinions, electronic surveys, etc. This is the kind of communication process we were hoping for, and we are grateful to the Archbishop and his staff.
Archbishop Hebda was welcoming, friendly and down to business. He is open to input from us and took notes on the suggestions we made for venues.
Now our job is to participate in this process and to urge everyone we know to come with us. We can't be apathetic now. If we hope to get the kind of leadership we say we want, we must turn out in numbers and speak up.  Do we hear an Amen?
We will let you know when and where as soon as we have that information.
You are invited to hear Massimo Faggioli and Barbara Frey speak to the question "Can Pope Francis Change the Church's Approach to Sexuality?" What are the hopes for the Synod on the Family this October? The event is Wednesday, September 16, at Town & Country Club, 300 N. Mississippi Blvd, St. Paul.  Sign-in and reception begin at 6:30.  The cost is $25.  
Please go to for more information and to register. Seating is limited, but registration is still open as of this email, September 8.   


In joyful hope,
CCCR and Council of the Baptized Lay Network Organizing Team