On Saturday, Aug. 17, the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council met for the first time with Bishop Barry Knestout. The council is composed of 18 individuals, nine men and nine women, who were selected from each of the diocese’s 15 deaneries. The Diocesan Pastoral Council is one of several advisory bodies that will provide consultation to Bishop Knestout and reflects the voice of the lay faithful on important matters of policy, pastoral initiatives, and pastoral planning. The introductory meeting provided Bishop Knestout a chance to meet the individuals who volunteered to be on the council and through the recommendations of their local deans and Bishop’s staff were elected based on their experience and leadership positions within their local churches, in the region and on the diocesan level. During the meeting, members were provided with training, orientation and expectations on how the pastoral council will function moving forward.
Dennis Corcoran of Corcoran Consulting, LLC, leads the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council through a training and orientation session at its first meeting, Aug. 17, 2019, at the Pastoral Center in Richmond.
L to R: Rosario Igharas, Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico, Deanery 7, Sr. Brenda Query, IHM, Saint Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach, Deanery 2, Ahn Nguyen, Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs, Richmond, Deanery 7, and Diane Anderson, Star of the Sea, Virginia Beach, Deanery 2, listen during the orientation session of the first Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting called by Bishop Barry Knestout.
Bishop Barry C. Knestout listens to Dennis Corcoran of Corcoran Consulting as he provides an orientation session during the pastoral council meeting, Aug. 17, 2019. Bishop reconstituted the Diocesan Pastoral Council so he could hear the voice of the lay faithful on important matters pertaining to policy, pastoral initiatives and pastoral planning. In the foreground is Geoff Gasperini, Saint Bridget, Richmond, Deanery 7.