Browsing Charged With Saint Charles, Fr. Don Farnan

RE-BRANDING A SCHOOL

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/12/17

     I will be the first to admit that I am not an educator—though four decades ago I did, actually, receive a degree in education and for the past thirty years have been in parishes that operated schools.  I have my own opinions about what is effective and ... Read More »

RE-BUILDING A PARISH

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/12/17

     Like many pastors, I have become a fan of Rebuilt, a chronicle of how a Catholic faith community in Maryland went from a state of dying to being fully alive again.  The story of survival and revival gets told by the pastor, Father Michael White, and pastoral ... Read More »

SCB CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/12/17

     Standing before the many issues at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish might be like standing before many mountains: I’m concerned with loose rock, sharp edges, difficult trajectories, and a seemingly impossible chance of reaching the destination.  Some of the mountains here are material, like the money problems and ... Read More »

PARISHES WITHOUT BORDERS

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/12/17

     The Catholic Church has divided up the world and called it our own: the universal church on planet earth is divided into conferences; conferences are divided into dioceses, dioceses into deaneries or vicariates, those into parishes, and parishes into homes that are, de facto, the domestic church.  ... Read More »

AS IT WAS IN SCHOOL

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/12/17

     Parishioners from church to church tend to be interesting, even, at times, fascinating; their variety can be categorized similarly to groups in high schools.  As most students are at school to gain an education, most parishioners are also at church for the right reasons: to become better ... Read More »

CHARGED AT SAINT CHARLES

Posted by Father Don Farnan on 1/03/17

     Six months ago I was transferred from a vibrant life-giving parish that I loved and had served for ten years to one that was profiled as dying.  Though probably time to go, and diocesan priests like me know that we are ordained to serve a diocese not ... Read More »