Diocesan Pastoral Council

Just as each of our bodies has several parts and each part has a separate function, -so all of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Romans 12: 4-5

The Church is called on to share in a threefold mission, that of Christ himself: to teach, to sanctify, to lead – all of these manifestations of service, a reflection of the One who came not to be served, but to serve. Matthew 20:28

Diocesan Pastoral Council

The Diocesan Pastoral Council is presided over by the Bishop and composed of not fewer than seven and not more than ten members freely appointed by the Bishop for a term of up to three years, renewable, not more than twice. Terms of appointment are to be varied so as to ensure both continuity and renewal. Additional ad-hoc members or advisors may be appointed from time to time to assist the Council in the performance of its duties. The Council is advisory and exists to assist the Bishop in his role as “servant leader”, in the planning, administration and coordination of Pastoral activities in the Diocese. Being pastoral in nature, Council members are called upon to be concerned about the pastoral mission of the Church and spiritual formation must be an integral part of Council activities. The Council will select a Chairperson from within its membership for a two-year term. This term may be renewed.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Diocesan Pastoral Council functions according to the nature and role of the Parish Pastoral Council but on a scale embracing all the missions and parishes of the Diocese.

The Council:

  • Helps to evaluate the human resource needs originating from the Annual Planning process and matching those needs with existing resources or developing/training/recruiting new resources.
  • Helps develop a “gifts/needs” profile for the Diocese and for Parishes consistent with the expectations of the people of the Diocese; fosters “ministry” throughout the Diocese’ examines the reality of the “staff/volunteer” situation and develops long-term strategies towards fulfilling ongoing needs.
  • Fosters collegiality within the Diocese by encouraging a broad participation and involvement of more and diverse people through the sharing of information and responsibilities in Diocesan leadership roles.

Canon Law

Can. 391 §1 The diocesan Bishop governs the particular Church entrusted to him with legislative, executive and judicial power, in accordance with the law.

Can. 473 §1 The diocesan Bishop must ensure that everything concerning the administration of the whole diocese is properly coordinated and directed in the way that will best achieve the good of that portion of the people of God entrusted to his care.

Can. 225 §1 Since lay people, like all Christ’s faithful, are deputed to the apostolate by baptism and confirmation, they are bound by the general obligation and they have the right, whether as individuals or in associations, to strive so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all people throughout the world.

Members

  • Bishop Richard Grecco, Diocese of Charlottetown
  • Fr. John Lacey, V.G., Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit
  • Marie Curran, Holy Family Pastoral Unit
  • Carol Evans, Holy Family Parish, Kensington
  • Ed Kilfoil, St. Anthony’s, Woodstock
  • Bernie Lamphier, St. Eugene’s Parish, Covehead
  • Kathleen MacDonald, Our Lady of the Assumption, Stratford
  • Lorne MacDougald, Sacred Heart Parish, Alberton
  • Bob Pierce, St. Francis of Assisi, Cornwall
  • Kara Walsh, St. Mary’s, Souris