Diocesan Pastoral Council

The Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC), whose membership is made up of clergy and laity, is a body which consults with the Bishop on matters affecting the pastoral care of the Diocese. 

The DPC guards the integrity of the Diocesan Synod Statements, studies and weighs those matters which concern the pastoral works in the Diocese, and proposes practical conclusions concerning them.

Concept of the Diocesan Pastoral Council

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council urged every diocese to establish a pastoral council "whose responsibility is to investigate under the authority of the Bishop all those things which pertain to pastoral works, to ponder them, and to propose practical conclusions about them." 

The decree recommended that bishops establish diocesan pastoral councils with a threefold purpose i.e. investigate pastoral matters; ponder or reflect over them; and reach conclusions that the council can recommend to the bishop.

A DPC is an advisory body to the Bishop and is dissolved when he leaves Office.

The DPC in the Diocese of Broken Bay

At the conclusion of the 2001 -2005 Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Bishop David Walker decided to form the DPC to share responsibility with him for the mission of the diocesan Church.

Parishes were invited to nominate people for membership onto the DPC, and appointments to the Council were then made by Bishop David. Other members of the DPC include Chair of the Council of Priests, the Deans and the Diocesan Heads of Mission.

The inaugural meeting of the DPC was on 19 May 2007 with over 40 members. The term of membership matched the term of Diocesan Vision – 2006 to 2010.

Over the years, topics deliberated on by the DPC included vocations, parish life, ministry and leadership, Catholic social teaching and youth ministry and the future of Catholic education.

The Diocesan Pastoral Council is currently in abeyance.


For further information please contact:

Daniel Ang
Phone: 9847 0508


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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