with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
Rebuilding Trust and Hope
The Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Antigonish
Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan is rooted in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is about reconnecting, re-establishing and deepending relationships based on trust and hope, and is about renewing the Church through faith and service under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Through teamwork at the Diocese, deanery and parish levels, the Pastoral Plan is coming to fruition. In 2017, the Implementation Committee formed to guide the priorities and objectives of the Pastoral Plan was transitioned into our Diocesan Pastoral Council.
Diocesan Pastoral Council Constitution
The Diocesan Pastoral Council was dissolved on July 5, 2019 with the appointment of Bishop Brian Dunn as Coadjutor Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Antigonish.
Our diocese remains grateful for the service of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and its leadership in implementing our Five-Year pastoral plan.
DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP
|ANTIGONISH|| Patricia Norman
| GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD
| Cecile Miller Co-Chair
|AT LARGE||Bishop Brian Dunn|
|Fr. Andrew M. Boyd Co-Chair|
|Fr. Bill Burke|
|Sr. Millie MacNeil, CND|
|Deacon Art Riley|
Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes
In October 2013, nearly 300 delegates from across the Diocese of Antigonish gathered to develop a five-year Pastoral Plan.
For three days these delegates - clergy, religious and laiety, representing organizations, parishes and the diocese - worked side by side to identify stepping stones to healing and growth.
These stepping stones took the form of Rebuilding Trust and Hope: a five-year diocesan plan identifying six priorities and 75 objectives guiding the action. These priorities and objectives are being carried out under the guidance of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.
“As I review some of the initiatives that continue from the spirit of the Diocesan Renewal Congress, I am deeply inspired by the number of parishioners who have been involved,” Bishop Brian Dunn said. “I continue to pray for our diocesan renewal and realize that each one of us must take personal responsibility for our own individual renewal. As well, each parish must take corporate responsibility for the renewal of its community of faith and so I urge all parishes to consider how they need to be renewed during the coming year.”