Diocesan Pastoral Council


The Diocesan Pastoral Council has Bishop Declan as its president and its role is to support the bishop in the proclamation of the Good News of salvation, enabling all the people of God in Clifton Diocese to be effective witnesses for Christ.

Under the authority of the bishop the Council, acting as a consultative body, is “to study and weigh those matters which bear on pastoral activity and formulate conclusions on them”. At the request of the Bishop, the Council will be empowered to undertake specific areas of work.

The Council is called to relate closely with the deaneries, parishes, diocesan groups and departments, the Council of Priests and the Council of Deacons. Its membership includes Vicars General, Vicars Episcopal, one priest and one lay representative from each of the thirteen deaneries and representatives from the Council of Priests, the Council of Deacons and the various Diocesan Departments and Commissions, along with others nominated by the Bishop and others co-opted as required.

It usually meets three times per year, the agenda being set by the bishop. The meetings are normally held at Alexander House, Pennywell Road, Bristol although the third meeting is open to all parish and deanery pastoral councils throughout the Diocese so a larger venue is sometimes found.. The dates for this year’s meetings are 22 February, 31 May and 18 October at ST Brendan’s Catholic College.

Diocesan Pastoral Council 31st May 2014 notes

Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting explores ‘Called to Be a People of Hope’ 18 October 2014

For all enquiries please contact the Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation, tel 0117 9025595 or email adult.education@cliftondiocese.com