"Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you where he gives me repose. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you."
1 Thessalonians 3: 11-12


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


Diocesan Pastoral Council Members

Fr. Andrew Boyd and Cecile Miller

Bishop Brian Dunn
Norma Blinkhorn
Rev. Bill Burke
Annette Fougere
John Gillies
David Lewis
Sr. Millie MacNeil, cnd
Sheila Morris
Connie Morrison
Patricia Norman
Gary Rankin
Rev. Mr. Art Riley, Deacon
Robert Rogers
Mary Samson
Henry VandeWiel

Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes

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