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 Pastoral Councils Office

Welcome to the Pastoral Councils Office for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  We provide guidance, coordination and education for Parishes wishing to form a council and for those who wish assistance in existing Parish Councils.

“To create, nurture & maintain an environment of growth, challenge & unlimited potential for our parishes & their leadership in the Diocese of Los Angeles.”

Pastoral councils have had enormous success throughout the United States and since Vatican II are found in three-fourths of the country's 18,000 parishes, according to The Notre Dame Study of Catholic Life. We are convinced they are a success because pastors see the need for advice on pastoral matters, and because parishioners want to put their prudence and wisdom at the service of parishes.

Councils at the parish level were recommended in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1976, when the first archdiocesan council guidelines were published. With the publication in 1983 of the Code of Canon Law, councils began to call themselves "pastoral" councils, referring to canon 536. "Pastoral" councils at the diocesan level were the recommendation of the Vatican II Decree on Bishops. Shortly there-after, many councils continued to promote the various works of the parish as described and recommended in the Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People.4 This was the major Vatican II text recommending the establishment of parish councils.

In 1991, the Archdiocese completely revised its pastoral council guidelines under the direction of Mr. Jaime Mendoza, Director of the Pastoral Councils Office. The revision assigned pastoral councils the specific task of pastoral planning. The priests of the archdiocese at their 1993 assembly affirmed the importance of pastoral planning. Pastoral planning includes a pastoral council's threefold task of study, reflection and recommendation. A new revision was begun in October of 1997 “Communion & Consultation” Archdiocesan Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Councils under the direction of Prof. Mark Fischer, Professor of Theology at St. John’s Archdiocesan Seminary and Maria Elena Uribe, Coordinator of the Pastoral Councils Office.

Contact Us

Maria Elena Uribe, Pastoral Councils Office
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wiilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202

(213) 637-7321   | ​​​​​

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