The annual January meeting of the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society is underway from January 30th to February 1st, 2008 at Orlando, Florida. At this meeting the board reviews the present activities of the Society through the reports of the President, Treasurer, Executive Coordinator, and Chairs of the CLSA Committees.
Yesterday, the Board of Governors received the report and recommendations of the Future Initiative Project. Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM, Chair, and Msgr. John A. Alesandro presented the committee’s thirty-two page report. Established at the January 2006 meeting of the CLSA Board of Governors after a two year discussion, the FIP seeks to address the function of planning in the society.
Part One of the report proposes a reduction of the current twenty-four CLSA committees to eight with a focus on committee operations, their relationship to the Board of Governors, and collaboration with other national organizations and groups. Monsignor Alesandro describes the work of the committee to create structure that is “streamlined, simplified, and pro-active.”
Part two of the report focuses on existing and proposed CLSA activities such as the role of education and “new horizons” with respect to enhanced canonical education, Hispanic American culture, parishes, and teaching of seminarians, lay ecclesial ministers (pastoral associates, parish life coordinators), pastors, parochial vicars, and deacons with respect to canon law.
The Future Initiative Project suggests a blueprint by which the CLSA can contribute to the U.S. Church and beyond, and the potential of the Society for addressing the myriad of challenges for the future. The report concludes with the observation that the committee’s labors make them “more enthusiastic and hopeful ... that a true revitalization and renewal of the Society is not only timely but possible.” The board intends to make the full report of the committee available to members both electronically and in print form in the near future.