Liverpool Archdiocese, in collaboration with Liverpool Hope University, has been successful in gaining funding from the Porticus Trust for a Ministry Research Project. The aim of the project is to improve the strategic planning and evidence-based decision-making relating to the deployment of the rich resource of permanent deacons and to evaluate the Archdiocesan Pastoral Associates Pilot Project, which employs five full-time lay Pastoral Associates with a new model of support and formation. The research findings of the project will be related to the broader strategic questions that the forthcoming Archdiocese of Liverpool Synod is asking about the mission of this local church and how it can become more effective in carrying it out.
In addition to the core research activities and production of publications the project will organise and contribute to a number of academic conferences and practical events. Based upon the learning from this project a range accessible resources will be developed that will allow the wider Catholic community to apply this research to their own contexts.
The project is delivered using funding from the Porticus Trust to resource a partnership between the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University. At the university the project is an innovative collaboration between the Department of Geography and Environmental Science in the Faculty of Science and the subject area of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities.