A key recommendation in the 2020 Go Forth Review of the Diocese was that the Bishop Shane establish a Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Council (DMPC) to support him to “operate in a strategic and collaborative way, drawing on the best possible advice of lay people and clergy for delivery of the Church’s mission.” (Go Forth Report).
The process of establishing the DMPC will commence on 27 April 2022, on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the Patron Saint of our Diocese; and Members of the DMPC will be announced on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel in 2023.
The DMPC will comprise of 16 members, which will include the Bishop as President, the Vicar General (ex officio), and from each of the three deaneries, one clergy member and three lay members. Up to two members will be selected by the Bishop ex officio. Membership will be for a term of three years.
Each member is to be a representative of the Diocese and not of the parish, deanery, region, or agency from which they come.
More information will be made available with each stage of the preparation and consultation process.
Printed Prayer Cards have were distributed to parishes in the last week of April 2022.
You can also pdf download a digital version of the prayer card (831 KB) here.