The Pastoral Agencies Meeting.

Twice a year, all the agencies (departments, offices and associate bodies) working directly in pastoral animation meet to discuss common causes and concern. This meeting included all the Secretaries and Directors and the Liaison Bishops for each area. This year’s first meeting was held on Wednesday and focussed on the Second Phase of the Pastoral Consultation. Phase one had focussed on an assessment of the effectiveness of the Pastoral Plan entitled ‘Community serving Humanity’(1989). Phase 2 has focussed on enabling Catholics to meet together and discuss their relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. For more information, see the Department of Evangelisation’s page.

Other issues raised included May as Family Month in the Conference area, preparation for the Synod on the New Evangelisation, preparation for World Youth Day in RIO 2012 (time is short!), Campus ministry and the Association of Catholic Tertiary students. Cardinal Napier gave input on the New Evangelization pointing out that in some way, the Conference of Bishops and the Bishop in the Diocese can both lead and enable others to take the lead. He encouraged the use of the Pastoral Cycle and Strategic Planning Methods to assess where the Church is with becoming a Missionary Church.

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