Pastoral Council Development


The Diocese also offers guidelines for effective parish pastoral councils and for a constitution and bylaws. These are viewable online or downloadable in .pdf format.

Download - Council Operations Manual

Download - Guidelines Summary or Complete Guidelines

Download - Constitution and Bylaws Recommendations 

Download - Relationship of Pastoral and Finance Councils



Parish vitality does not just happen. It is the result of strategic thinking and effective leadership. One of the hallmarks of effective leadership is the ability to mobilize a community and focus its energy in a strategic direction. Completing a Parish Planning Survey is another strategic step that all parishes can take in assessing their progress toward vibrant parish life.  The Parish Cafe is a listening process that can be used to discuss the results of your survey and energize the community for its vital mission.