Bishop Tobin’s open letter to inactive Catholics: “We miss you, we love you and we want you to come home.”

I thought this was beautiful and I would encourage my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ to share this with their inactive Catholic friends and family:

My dear Brother or Sister: In the spirit of the Advent and Christmas Season, and as the Diocese of Providence nears the end of its “Year of Evangelization,” I’m writing this letter to inactive Catholics of our Diocese – perhaps you’re in that category – to let you know that we miss you, we love you and we want you to come home to the Church.

[I’m not quoting any more because I hope you read it all.]

I hope other bishops and dioceses take this season as an opportunity to reach out and welcome inactive Catholics back home, as we all await in joyful anticipation the coming of our Lord and Savior.

There is always room at the inn of God’s house.



  • elizabeth

    this was a beautiful letter. I know just who I am passing this on to. Thanks for sharing Thomas!

  • Doug

    You know what I notice? Brad Birzer surely got all partisan regarding the Wiki Leaks and the US government and how it looked so bad from them. So that was ok to cover, and talk about and try and play partisan politics with. But when it happens with the Vatican, silence… Where is the blog on it? It really just goes to show. I was waiting for something to come out against the church from now. Now that it has, I think it’s remarkable that you are all silent.
    This is why I view your blog as just a partisan political blog and not necessarily a Catholic Blog.

    • Amanda

      Doug, how is your comment at all related Bishop Tobin’s letter?

  • ND Envirochick

    As a former inactive Catholic, I found this letter to be heartfelt and genuine. Something like this from my own pastor/bishop when I was an inactive Catholic would have made the journey home much easier. I have reposted this on my Facebook account. Thanks for the link.

  • An Inactive Catholic

    Very nice letter. Thanks for posting. I fell away for the last three reasons and although I’ve now made the firm commitment to come back, I haven’t yet gotten up the will or the courage to do so. This provides some much needed inspiration to get off the couch and go. I wanted to thank the Bishop but I couldn’t find his email address on the site.

  • greg smith

    Thomas – Thank you for posting this. I’m going to give it to a number of friends. One guy falls into the Bishops lazy, drifted away catagory and says he’d have to plea bargin at confession. Two others have been “boyfriend and girlfriend:” happily sharing seperate residences for over twenty years. Some of us who see them in local sports bar after mass keep telling them that mariage preperation would be a good way to re-enter the church. We add that we know of nothing requires married couples to live in the same domicile. The problem comes up with my good friend Mary. Raised in the Church, Catholic School etc. Her only problem is she has a family. Her lesbian partner of 22 years, her son twelve and daughter eight. She would argue that breaking up the family is oo high a price to pay to return to the faith of her forfathers stetching back hundreds of years to Italy. Too bad.



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