Empowerment is giving others the ability to be leaders in their own unique way and to encourage and mentor where necessary.
The last seven years I have been engaged in ministering at local parishes on the Navajo (Dine’) reservation. As the number of sisters and priests decrease the people of the parishes are the ones who are and will continue to carry on the life of the Catholic Church.
Building leaders for the local church has become a priority for me. I try to do this by providing the catechist with classes from Echoes of Faith started by Sr. Marguerite Bartz; supporting the Parishioners as they lead the local days of LOFT (Living our Faith Together); with the Teen Team Group giving the Teens opportunities to be of service in the local faith community in various ways and the learning of their faith in practical ways.
I have found that in allowing others to do the task, it is completed, not always the way I would do it, but in the style and ability of the person leading. The ones who most inspire me are the teens. They seem to be just typical teens and then will do amazing things like stepping up to act out the Way of the Cross or start a prayer or begin a ministry in the parish after their Confirmation or be part of the SEARCH Retreat Team or even on the Search Board. The leaders are coming, coming from all sides , they just need to be encouraged and supported.