“In every diocese and to the extent that pastoral circumstances suggest it, a pastoral council is to be constituted which under the authority of the bishop investigates, considers, and proposes practical conclusions about those things which pertain to pastoral works in the diocese.”
Canon 511, Code of Canon Law, 1983
The Diocesan Pastoral Council is the Bishop’s Pastoral Council. Regional and community representatives from across the diocese meet four times a year. The DPC provides Bishop Pat advice, suggestions and feedback concerning diocesan pastoral ministry. It is a consultative body.
- Each of six regions is represented by both a man and a woman who serve for a maximum of two terms (six years).
- The religious of the diocese have a man and a woman representative.
- The Council of Priests has a representative.
- Young people have two representatives.
- Maori are represented by two members; one from Te Tai Tokerau and the other from Tamaki Makaurau.
- Five representatives are nominated by ethnic chaplains to serve the same terms as the elected regional members.
The DPC meets with the Bishop quarterly on a Saturday. The meeting includes formation sessions, liturgy, reports from various regions and communities as well as consultation by the bishop with councilors. After the meeting a newsletter is sent around the Diocese to inform faith communities regarding the work of the council. You can download the latest newsletter here or read it below: