I pray that, according to the riches of God's glory, you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through God's Spirit, and that Christ
may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.   I pray that you may have the power to comprehend,
with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to God, who by gthe power at work within us, is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.

 Ephesians 3: 16-20


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. 


               DEANERY                 NAME  
 ANTIGONISH   Patricia Norman
  Henry VandeWiel
 INVERNESS   John Gillies
  Cecile Miller                  Co-Chair 
  David Lewis
 PICTOU   Gary Rankin
  Robert Rogers
 RICHMOND   Annette Fougere
  Mary Samson
 SYDNEY   Connie Morrison
 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

June 22, 2019

March 23, 2019

January 26, 2019

September 22, 2018

June 23, 2018

February 24,2018

December 16, 2017

October 28, 2017

August 26, 2017

May 27, 2017

February 24, 2017


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.”

Pastoral Plan 2013-2018

Report Card 2017