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Council Membership Requirements

Diocesan Pastoral Council members have the opportunity to study issues facing our Church with others in the Diocese. They are able to make recommendations to the Bishop and enter into dialogue with him.

Applicants for the Council need to be practicing Catholics who have the ability to listen, who can follow through on commitments and are willing to attend Council meetings. Persons elected to the Council serve a three year term. Membership includes lay men and women as well as representatives from clergy, religious and youth.

All meetings take place at the Blanchette Catholic Center, and are held three times per year (September, January and May).


  • Practicing Catholic of the Joliet Diocese   
  • Active participant in parish life   
  • Awareness of Church   
  • Open to the Spirit    
  • Willing to attend meetings   
  • Open to listen to others    
  • Ability to follow through on commitments


  • Listen to the wisdom of all members and to the concerns of people in parishes.    
  • Reflect on issues in an attempt to create a common vision.   
  • Establish broad directions for the Diocese.    
  • Advise the Bishop on pastoral needs.   
  • Participate in general meetings as well as commission meetings.   
  • Meet with parish leadership at the Cluster level.   
  • Relate with the Presbyteral Council and with diocesan offices and agencies.


  • Members serve a three-year term, which may be renewed once.