Renee Marazon
4210 NW 27th Lane
Cape Coral, Florida  33993
MAPS for life Catholic Publications and Ministry
St. Katharine Drexel Parish is one parish model that is
putting charism discernment to work
in the everyday life of their parish.'

  • Charism Discernment Parish Retreats are held twice each year with each
    participant's top 4 or 5 charisms entered into a parish database.

  • A Charism Ministry was formed from participants who attended the first retreat
    and felt called to be a part of the formation of a Charism Ministry.  The Charism
    Ministry meets faithfully each month, having set forth a mission and vision
    statement.  Each month, members engage in strategic planning and assessment as
    well as personal spiritual formation.   

  • "Know your Charism" articles are placed in the Parish Bulletin once each month  
    and include the following:  What is it?  Why is it important?  How could you
    operate in this charism, that is to say, what parish ministries are best aligned with
    this charism?

  • Charism Workshop Sundays are offered once each quarter featuring four
    different 30 minute charism workshops.

  • A Parish Charism Database is maintained and whenever a parish ministry has a
    particular need, the ministry leader calls upon the Charism Ministry to submit
    the names of parishioners who have the related charisms.  For example, one
    ministry needed some who knew about advertising and could design ads and
    another needed someone who could design a banner.  The names and contact
    information of those who had the "craftsmanship" charism were given to these
    ministry leaders.  Still another ministry needed someone with the
    "administration" charism to take over leadership of their ministry as their leader
    was burning out.  The names of their own ministry members who had that
    charism were submitted to them.  The Faith Formation Director needed catechists
    he was given the names of those with the charisms of "Teaching, Evangelism,
    Leadership, Pastoring, and Knowledge".