One hundred four (104) parishes and one mission are located within the sixteen-county geographic
boundaries of the Diocese of Superior. Eight (8) parishes stand as single parish units. The remaining ninetysix (96) parishes have been combined to form thirty-four (34) clusters. Forty-six (46) priests serve these one hundred five (105) worship sites located within the geographic boundaries of the Diocese of Superior. Twenty-nine (29) serve as Pastors, ten (10) serve as Parochial Administrators, three (3) serve as Associate Pastors, two serve as Sacramental Ministers, and two serve as a Parochial Vicars. Sixty-five (65) permanent deacons reside within the boundaries of the diocese. Seven (7) of these deacons have officially retired. The remaining fifty-eight (58) deacons serve in a total of seventy-seven (77) parishes. Those parishes include twenty-seven (27) clusters and five (5) stand-alone parishes.
Strengths – Pillars for Growth
- High level of respect for the bishop, priests and permanent deacons of the diocese.
- Active participation in the Certified Lay Outreach Ministry program.
- Widespread availability of regularly scheduled devotional practices.
- Nearly all parishes support or actively participate in charitable causes.
- Broad support for the dignity of human life and the right to life.
- Active participation by laity in Liturgy and local ministries in nearly all parishes.
- The RCIA program is utilized in varying degrees in most parishes or clusters.
- Concern for pastoral needs of sick and homebound as shown by regular provision of Holy
- Communion to shut-ins.
- Sacramental formation programs comply with diocesan policy in most parishes.
- A majority of parishes provide prepaid subscriptions for the Catholic Herald to member households.
- Most parishes have no long-term debt or the long-term debt does not interfere with the mission of the parish.
Possible Concerns – Suggestions for Further Exploration
- Low level of participation in ecumenical activities by laity.
- Decreasing registered membership and registered households and declining Mass attendance.
- Lack of support for marriage and family life.
- Lack of programs to welcome and integrate new parishioners into the faith community.
- Minimal follow-up support after reception of Sacraments: Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage.
- Few parishes have implemented programs to evangelize the un-churched.
- Minimal support for those discerning religious vocations.
- Low level of participation by youth in the faith formation process, small class sizes and multiple grades per class.
- A lack of catechesis about and understanding of Christian Stewardship.
- Lack of appreciation for membership in and responsibility to the diocesan and universal Church.