Diocesan Pastoral Plan
In response to Pope John Paul II's invitation for all local churches to develop a pastoral plan, the 1998 Synod for Oceania put to the Holy Father a proposition about pastoral planning.
It stressed four things:-
- It is vital to have a Pastoral Plan in every local Church;
- The plan should involve all the people and all the organizations and movements within the Diocese;
- The plan calls for participation, dialogue and community discernment; and
- The plan flows from the spirituality of the Second Vatican Council, which is the spirituality of communion.
In recent history our Diocese has engaged in a process of discerning the way forward to better fulfil God's plan for us. This process commenced with the various 'Creating our Future' workshops conducted in each Parish, which then informed the Diocesan Gatherings in Roma and Toowoomba. From the Diocesan Gatherings, a Diocesan Pastoral Council has been formed and work has continued to consolidate the outcomes of the Gatherings into a Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
From Bishop Morris' introduction to the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.