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  • Members approved a Constitution for the Council. 
  • They determined that major concerns for the Diocese were: 1) training of laity for leadership, 2) shortage of priests, 3) religious education of Catholics of all ages. 
  • Other concerns: 1) Catholics who leave the Church, 2) quality of preaching & liturgies, 3) addressing social & moral issues in society, 4) reaching consensus among various views, 5) willingness of priests to empower laity, 6) ministering to emerging ethnic populations. The Bishop asked the Council to offer its opinions on girl servers.