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During their General Assembly in November 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a three-year strategic plan to guide the work of the Conference beginning in 2017.
Under the theme, Encountering the Mercy of Christ and Accompanying His People with Joy, the strategic plan is a shared framework that brings together the diverse work of the USCCB, approved by the bishops, with the goal of offering a sustained and compelling witness to the power of Christ's love in the world.
The strategic plan includes the collective work of 16 standing committees, 18 subcommittees and one ad-hoc committee; and it lays the groundwork for more than 740 individual projects of the USCCB for the next planning cycle. Activities include social media and awareness projects, the 2017 National Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Florida, and the 2018 V Encuentro on Hispanic Latino Ministry.
The plan is centered on five strategic priorities approved by the full body of bishops a year ago, and are aimed at encountering those in need, bringing them hope, and nurturing them spiritually and physically. These priorities are:
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