The Bishop’s office is pleased to inform the faithful that Bishop Alleyne has convoked a new Diocesan Pastoral Council. Bishop Alleyne has appointed ten (10) members of the faithful from the diocese to sit on this Council, with their appointments effective from 1 December 2023.
The Constitution of the Diocesan Pastoral Council was also approved by Bishop Alleyne and it stipulates that members shall sit on the Council for a term of two (2) years. The Council constitutes one example of the co-responsibility of the baptized in pursuing the Church’s mission.
As described in Canon law, the Diocesan Pastoral Council “𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠, 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑒.”
The Council will thus advise the Bishop with respect to the vision, broad guidelines and pastoral actions to be adopted in the life of our diocese. In the synodal spirit, all members have an equal say. The members of the Council are committed to participate in the exercise of discernment, the evaluation of diocesan priorities and the expression of their opinions, as well as to contribute to the processes of deliberation and formulation regarding proposals submitted to the Bishop.
The Council will meet several times each year. The first official meeting of the Council was held on 16th December 2023.
The 10 members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council are:
Sr. Elizabeth Small, RSM
Fr. Joel Thompson, SJ
In thanking them warmly for their availability, the Bishop counts on their prayers and on the sharing of their reflections to enrich the realization of the mission of the Catholic Church in Guyana.
† 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩
19 January 2024