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Parish Twinning

Diocesan parishes have developed formal twinning relationships with other ecclesial communities throughout the world.  These partnerships are excellent ways to promote mutuality and solidarity; however, a very specific solidarity-based partnership model drawn from the extensive world-wide experience of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is called for, which insists on:
  1. Emphasizing relationships over resources
  2. Practicing mutuality and equality
  3. Seeking to give and receive, learn and teach
  4. Working to change unjust systems and structures
  5. Deepening our faith by experiencing the universal Catholic Church
 
Parishes participating in twinning relationships are to familiarize themselves with Catholic Relief Services’ Parish Partnership Manual and are to follow its principles and best practices.  For additional information on CRS go to www.crs.org and to access the Parish Partnership Manual, type in the SEARCH BOX parish partnership manual.  The Missions Office, in conjunction with CRS, will provide training to assist parishes with this approach.
 
Healthy sister parish relationships are intended to foster wholeness rather than dependency; and, provide opportunities to build and engender real and even long-term relationships.