Pastoral Planning: Summer/Fall 2014 Part 7

Pastoral Planning: Summer/Fall 2014 Part 7

Discerning and applying the lessons learned is a role that belongs to the Bishop. Among his senior advisors, we find the “College of Consultors.” The Consultors are also members of the Diocesan Priests’ (Presbyteral) Council. The Consultors are composed of the Diocesan and Regional Vicars and Chairman of the Priests’ Council. They will meet with and assist the Bishop by receiving the PCA recommendations that are channeled to them by the Vicar for Parishes and the Planning Office. This group discerns and deliberates recommendations to the Bishop for future action in each area.

Their work is enhanced by the knowledge of the six regional vicars who live and work in the area of the diocese entrusted to their leadership. The regional vicars have specialized knowledge that results from their daily contact with pastors and parishioners. The College will offer specific recommendations to the Bishop about how to incorporate the wisdom drawn from the process and to apply it. These recommendations will be shared with the other members of the Presbyeral Council, and the Bishop reaches his prayerful decisions about how to best serve the people of the diocese.