Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv is calling for nominations for:
• Deanery Pastoral Councils, and
• The Diocesan Pastoral Council

Bishop Vincent seeks to enhance our communion and mission, and recognises that these councils express a rightful co-responsibility for the mission of the Church. These bodies, aligning with our Pastoral Plan, Faith in our Future, seek to strengthen the growing and sharing of faith in Christ within our Diocese. These councils seek a cross-section of people from different places in the Diocese and from different backgrounds and experiences. You may also wish to re-view the video introducing the councils that was circulated to our parishes mid-year: tinyurl.com/councils17.


Parishioners are invited to nominate themselves or others. Nominations require the assent of the person being nominated, who needs to fill out the nomination form. The Nomination Kit is available here.

In the case of Deanery Pastoral Council nominations, where the member is representing their parish, their parish priest is required to endorse their application. In the case of Diocesan Pastoral Council nominations, either their parish priest or another priest ministering in the diocese is asked to endorse. Unless otherwise indicated on the form, those nominated may be appointed to either their local Deanery Pastoral Council or to the Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Completed nominations are to be returned to the Pastoral Planning Office –

51 – 59 Allawah St, Blacktown NSW 2148
Fax: 02 8838 3462, Email: pastoralplanning@parra.catholic.org.au

Nominations close on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

About the Diocesan Pastoral Council

  • Diocesan Pastoral Councils are described as being; “under the authority of the Bishop… to study and weigh those matters which concern the pastoral works in the diocese, and to propose practical conclusions concerning them.” (Can.511).
  • In Parramatta Diocese, the Bishop consults with the Diocesan Pastoral Council concerning pastoral realities, directions and possible strategies as well as priorities to support the ongoing formation of the diocese’s people and the diocese’s character.
  • The Diocesan Pastoral Council relies on and actively maintains thorough communication with the five Deanery Pastoral Councils. It divides this action among members to enrich the members’ first hand awareness and maximise what is known and heard by the Council.
  • The Diocesan Pastoral Council’s process and any recommendations are based on listening, necessary research and faith centred discernment.
  • The Council consists of ten to twenty members who together represent good awareness and experience of the Diocese. It includes the Bishop and generally one other clergy, plus other ex-officio appointments or one-off special purpose invitations as required. Members are generally to be separate from the members of the Deanery Pastoral Councils.
  • The Diocesan Pastoral Council meets three to four times per year (or more if required) with necessary support resources and a thoughtful process for facilitation prepared in advance. Members pursue necessary actions, consultation and ongoing research between meetings.
  • The Bishop is the president of the Diocesan Pastoral Council with a suitably able member formed and appointed as the chair/animator.
Download Nomination Kit

About the Deanery Pastoral Councils

  • Deanery Pastoral Councils focus on common efforts across deanery regions for the mission of evangelisation, such common efforts also being envisaged in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future.
  • Reflecting on the pastoral opportunities across the deanery, these councils have relevant common agenda with the respective deanery clergy gatherings.
  • The Deanery Pastoral Council process includes a wider forum component to welcome the participation of others from the deanery. The forum opportunity occurs during at least two of the meetings per year.
  • The Diocesan Pastoral Council’s process and any recommendations are based on listening, necessary research and faith centred discernment.
  • Each Deanery Pastoral Council consists of two lay representatives from each parish in the deanery. Additionally, there are two clergy appointed from that deanery, including the Dean. An ex-officio member or one-off special purpose invitation may be included. It is possible, even encouraged, to have members who are not currently on their Parish Pastoral Councils (but who are given access to their Parish Pastoral Councils to report and be informed).
  • Each Deanery Pastoral Council meets three to four times per year (or more if required). There is Diocesan preparation support of various helpful resources for the meeting, a part of which is preparation support for the facilitation process.
  • The Dean is the president of the respective Deanery Pastoral Council with a suitably able member formed and appointed as the chair/animator.
Download Nomination Kit