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Introducing the Bridge Building Partners

The Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission initiative is made possible by collaboration between individuals, communities, and institutions who care passionate about co-responsibility, the mission of the Gospel, and building bridges in and an ever-changing church and world. These are some of the core partners.

Making Connections for Thriving Communities

The Intitiative Began in Partnership

In 2020 Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary received a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to partner with the Center for Latino Ministries at Saint John's Abbey and the Diocese of Saint Cloud. The Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission initiative helps those who are passionate about co-responsibility for the mission of the Gospel grow as bridge builders in an ever-changing church and world. This involves connecting with other innovators, funding for ministry experiments, introducing Benedictine spiritual practices, training and retreats for pastoral leaders, and one-on-one coaching to leverage resources—human and financial—to strengthen our thriving mission in Central Minnesota.

The Diocese of St. Cloud

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud encompasses 12,251 square miles in 16 central Minnesota counties, with an estimated total population of 555,400. The diocese stretches more than 175 miles from east to west, including some of Minnesota’s most rural areas along the North and South Dakota borders. It also includes one of the nation’s fastest-growing suburban corridors extending from Minneapolis northwest to St. Cloud. The diocese currently comprises of 29 Area Catholic Communities, representing 131 parishes with a combined Catholic population of over 133,000. Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C. was appointed the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud December 15, 2022. He was formally ordained and installed February 14, 2023.

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  1. LISTEN – Work with your people to identify the core challenge you are facing as a leader or a community

  2. SCHEDULE - Meet with Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission to explore possibilities

  3. THRIVE - Practice thriving in ministry with guidance and support

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