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  • The current parish council guidelines (the “brown book”) was introduced and discussed. 
  • The Office of the Bishop, Office of Lay Formation and members from DPC expect to review the book and make suggestions for changes or updates. 
  • Bishop Conlon discussed the diocesan Board of Conciliation, which had served in the past to hear, advise and resolve pastoral conflicts. The Board had fallen out of use, and it was agreed that in place of the Board, it would be useful just to have designated individuals available to help resolve conflicts. 
  • Further plans for the 2014 Assembly, and refinements on the Diocesan Pastoral Plan were discussed.


  • Council conducted a review and discussion of the 2014 Assembly. 
  • The Diocesan Pastoral Plan (now the Framework for Pastoral Action) has been finalized and is being promoted to the parishes as a tool in developing their parish pastoral plans. The next phase includes working with the parishes, and Bishop Conlon discussed Diocesan Curia staff being utilized as ‘consultants’ to the parishes to help with implementation. 
  • The upcoming World Meeting of Families and Extraordinary Synod of Bishops were discussed as well.


  • Pastoral Planning Committee chairman, Dennis Donnellan reviewed progress with parish implementation and proposed efforts to assess effectiveness. 
  • The roles of parish councils were discussed in the context of possibly offering training and resources to the parishes in council formation. 
  • Bishop Conlon reviewed the results of a survey conducted with DPC members regarding the services offered by Diocesan Curia staff members.