Diocesan Pastoral Council
PURPOSE - A diocesan pastoral council carefully
investigates, prayerfully considers and, in consensus, recommends action to the
Bishop regarding pastoral concerns facing the Diocese. (Decree on the Pastoral
Office of Bishops 27) At the heart of
this service is a confidence in the inspiration, wisdom and creativity that the
Holy Spirit grants to God's People. The Bishop's pastoral council also serves
as a liaison between the Bishop and the vicariates of the Diocese. This assembly operates in accordance with
relevant articles of Church Teaching and Canon Law (cc. 511-514). This confidential
forum is invaluable to the Bishop in discerning how to best promote the Gospel
in light of the pastoral needs of the day.
MEMBERSHIP - Membership is restricted to Christians who are in
full communion with the Catholic Church, who are firm in faith, possessing good
morals and prudent judgment. The council
membership consists primarily of vicariate representatives and ex-officio
representatives from the priests, religious and deacons of the Diocese. It is customary to have two representatives
from each vicariate to insure adequate regional representation on the council. The Bishop may, at his discretion, appoint
additional members-at-large to insure adequate representation of various other groups
of significance within the Diocese (e.g. ethnic groups) as well as the various
COUNCIL YEAR - The council year starts in
September 1st and ends the following August 31st.
The following are pertinent documents on the policies, procedures, membership, meetings and other operational norms that govern the diocesan pastoral council.
Complete Council Norms and Structure
Executive Committee Description
At-Large Member Position Description
Vicariate Representative Position Description
Map of Representatives
For questions regarding the diocesan pastoral council contact Office for Evangelization and Parish Life or call 716-847-8393.