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Mission and Pastoral Council (SMPC)

PayerFront ImageThe Diocese is preparing to establish Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council (SMPC) which will support synodal governance in the Diocese through a structure that builds co-responsibility and discernment in leadership and decision-making.

The SMPC will strengthen capacity to operate in a strategic and collaborative way, by drawing on the best possible advice of lay people and clergy. It will be a leadership body with the purpose of advising the Bishop on ways to support the mission and pastoral life of the Diocese.  It will consist of sixteen members. 

A Year of Preparation and Consultation for the SMPC
27 April 2022 to 27 April 2023

27 April 2022       - Year of Preparation and Consultation begins

15 February 2023 - Diocesan Assembly, in Shepparton

10 March 2023     - Expressions of interest close

24 March 2023     - Members of the SMPC announced

  4 April 2023       - Members of the SMPC commissioned (Chrism Mass)

27 April 2023       - the first meeting of the SMPC (Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel)

A key milestone of our preparation and consultation for the SMPC will be the Diocesan Assembly on 15 February 2023.  
A prayer for the Sandhust Mission and Pastoral Council is available for download. 
Since they were commissioned by Bishop Shane in July 2022, Dr Chris Cotter and Ruth Lawlor have facilitated over 48 preparation and consultation meetings.
A key recommendation in the 2020 Go Forth Review of the Diocese was that Bishop Shane Mackinlay establish a Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Council. 
A Preparation and Consultation Plan to establish the SMPC is available for download. 
With the release of Interim Report on the consultation Phase of the Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council (SMPC)  Ruth Lawlor reflects on her encounters with parishioners…