What is a Pastoral Care Area (PCP)? A pastoral care area is a grouping of geographically related parishes collaborating together in developing common strategies, ministerial programs, and mutual assistance for the future. pastoral Care areas encourage inter-parish cooperation, and, in some cases, share the time and talents of special programs or administrative staff. The diocesan direction indicates that pastors, parish lay trustees, and the two key members of the pastoral council of active parishes represent their parish at PCA meetings. These PCA representatives are free to bring the ideas and thoughts of the parishioners, program leaders and staff of their parishes. In diocesan-wide consultations these leaders provide information and their local wisdom to the Bishop and his College of Consultors for their discernment for the future of the diocese. The membership of parishes in each PCA has been collaboratively developed. The PCA structure is based on a model dialogue originally developed by Bishop Costello.