“It is highly desirable that in every diocese a special pastoral council be established, over which the diocesan bishop himself presides and in which clergy, religious and laity specially chosen for the purpose will have a part. It will belong to this council to investigate, to consider, and to formulate practical conclusions about those things which pertain to pastoral works.”
Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishop in the Church, Christus Dominus CD 27
The Diocesan Pastoral Council is a consultative group that meets with the Bishop to prayerfully discern matters pertaining to the pastoral and spiritual activity of the diocese and to make recommendations that pertain to these matters. The council will study, consider and propose practical conclusions for implementing the diocesan vision and mission.
Members of the diocesan pastoral council shall reflect the age, gender, culture and race of the entire diocese.