Pastoral Planning Services
The Pastoral Planning Services Division works with the Diocesan Pastoral Council under the direction of the Bishop to identify pastoral priorities and future directions for the diocese.
The director assures a broad-based consultation process in the formulating of direction statements that will guide the diocese in a five year cycle.
Pastoral Planning Services Director:
Sister Rita McGinnis, SCL
A message from Bishop Thomas on the Pastoral Planning process:
“ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MY INSTALLATION AS THE BISHOP OF HELENA, I ANNOUNCED THAT THE BEGINNING OF FORMAL PASTORAL PLANNING WAS WITHIN REACH. THAT JOURNEY BEGAN WITH MY SURE KNOWLEDGE THAT A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS LOOKING AT THE NEEDS OF THE DIOCESE WAS A PRESSING NECESSITY. THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL PLANNING, SISTER RITA MCGINNIS IN JUNE AND, IN LATE SUMMER, THE NAMING OF THE MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL BEGAN TO GIVE FORM TO THIS VISION. THE PROCESS WILL NOW SEEK THE INPUT OF THE WHOLE DIOCESE FOR THE FORMULATION OF A PASTORAL PLAN FOR THE DIOCESE OF HELENA THAT WILL SHAPE OUR NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL IS A GREAT GIFT TO THIS DIOCESE AND HAS BEEN MEETING FAITHFULLY FOR THE LAST MONTHS, PREPARING FOR THE PLANNING PROCESS TO MOVE INTO THE PARISHES AND VICARIATES.
THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE, MUCH TO BE HOPEFUL FOR AND I COUNT ON YOUR GOOD PRAYERS AND COOPERATION, ALONG WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF YOUR PASTORS, TO CONTINUE THE JOURNEY WITH ME.”