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Title: Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Type of proposal: 
Recommendation to the Archdiocese to implement an APC
Date of submission: 
James Moudry, William Brazil, Paula Ruddy (612) 379-1043

The Second Vatican Council in its decree on the pastoral office of bishops (Christus Dominus1965) encouraged bishops to establish consultative bodies of lay people and clergy to assist them in planning for the needs of the people, specifically in Diocesan Pastoral Councils. In 1972 the Sacred Congregation for Clergy publishedOmnes Christifideles, a letter entirely devoted to pastoral councils. Jesus’s leadership style and best management practices call for participation by all the faithful in the vision and mission of the Church. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council from 1972 to around 2005, when the Archdiocese stopped convening it. Planning is now done by the Archbishop and his staff with ad hoc task forces.  The proponents ask the Council of the Baptized to recommend the re-establishment of the APC with some structural guarantees of sustainability and vitality such as elected membership, open agendas, and open meetings.

Date of initial Council decision: April 3, 2012
Initial Council decision: 
Approved; drafting of the recommendation was assigned to Committee

Research/Drafting Committee: David Jasper, Mary Sutherland, Don Conroy, Jim Moudry, Bill Brazil, Paula Ruddy

Date on Council agenda for final approval: September 11, 2012 

Current status: May 16, 2013  Published-January 17, 2013; see Publications (main menu); available on request to

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