VOTF BEST Practice, March 2005
Louisville, KY – Vince Grenough
VOTF president Jim Post sent a congratulatory video
to VOTF Louisville, KY on the occasion of their second
anniversary celebration. The affiliate is finding itself
so energized that they have kicked off a membership
challenge in their area, but they are not stopping with
Louisville. Read their message below and think about
joining this bandwagon.
Dear Members of the Louisville area VOTF,
Yesterday I e-mailed the message below, with some personal
adaptations, to a group of people who are on my e-mail
address list. I sent them to all whose last names begin
with "A" or "B". 20 people in all. They are people to
whom I have been forwarding some of the e-mails I send
to you, our members. I plan to send this e-mail to all
the others on my list in the coming days inclusive of
women religious, priests and Archbishop Kelly. Lately,
a number of these people have (finally) started asking
me more about VOTF so I decided that this might be the
right "season" to do what I am doing.
I am challenging the VOTF National Office to set a
goal of having ONE MILLION members by the end of 2006.
This is doable! They say we have 30,000+ members now.
If only half (15,000 members) recruited just one new
member each month we would have at least 180,000 by
the end of 2005. BUT if each new member recruits another
member each month the total at the end of 2006 would
TOP one million members quite easily. Then Voice would
really be VOICE!! Here is what I sent out today:
I want to invite and encourage you to become a member
of Voice of the Faithful. I have been a member for almost
two years and I have come to believe that Voice is truly
a work of the Holy Spirit. VOTF's Mission is "to provide
a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit through which
the faithful can actively participate in the governance
and guidance of the Catholic Church." We have three
goals: to support those who have been abused; to support
priests of integrity; and to shape structural change
within the Catholic Church.
All that is required to join is that you support and
believe in Voice of the Faithful's mission and goals.
There are no membership dues; no requirement to attend
meetings (even though we would warmly welcome your active
involvement.) Your name and personal information will
be kept confidential.
Voice of the Faithful, as you probably know, began
in Boston in early 2002 in response to the shocking
revelations of widespread clergy sexual abuse of minors,
and the cover-ups by our bishops. There are now about
40,000 members who live in all 50 States and in many
other countries. Our members are active Catholics in
all walks of life, including Sisters and priests.
One of the things I like about Voice of the Faithful
is that we are a centrist organization, yet we are made
up of "moderates," "conservatives," and "liberals."
Most of our members have strong opinions, one way or
the other, about a variety of issues but we stay focused
on our three goals.
To learn more and/or to join go to the Voice
of the Faithful web site. I will be happy to respond
to any questions by e-mail or by phone (812) 282-6395.
Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who
is interested. Thanks for all you do, and let's keep
one another in prayer.
A close second “Best Practice” is taking place at
the Paulist Center, Boston, MA. Donna Doucette tells
that every week the Paulist Center allocates 5% of
the Paulist Center collection to another charity.
5/6 was set aside for VOTF. At the end of the fiscal
year the Center sends out all the donations at once,
even distribution. (For example, a low attendance Sunday,
such as the July 4 weekend, cannot compete “charitably”
with Easter Sunday.)