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Parish Planning & Councils

Archdiocesan partnership with parishes regarding strategic planning, parish council training and staff development.

The Office for Planning and Councils assists and supports pastors, parish directors, staffs, pastoral and finance councils, commissions and committees in their roles to carry out the mission of Christ to the world.  Areas of support include, but are not limited to, consultation, data collection and analysis, workshops, training, manuals, videos/powerpoints, and newsletters.  The goal of the Office is "to make parishes better."

Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

Comprised of representatives from throughout the ten counties of the archdiocese, the APC meets regularly with the Archbishop to consult on matters related to pastoral activity and the mission of the church.  In the fall and spring, deanery representatives gather two representatives from each pastoral council to discuss issues and share best practices at Deanery Assemblies.

Pastoral Councils, Finance Councils, Trustees, Commissions/Committees

Training, formation and resources are provided for those who serve in parish leadership.  The organization in which they serve is guided by Norms for Pastoral Councils and Norms for Finance Councils which have been approved by the Archbishop.

Demographic and Parish Data Reports

Parishes get better by known who they are and whom they serve.  The Office provides and supports demographic information through MissionInsite and offers annual parish summary reports, as well as Pastoral Activity Reports.  For example, check out the latest ExecutiveInsite report on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  This report will be updated annually.

Archdiocesan Planning Commission

The Archdiocesan Planning Commission assists the Archbishop with strategic planning initiatives and their implementation.

Pastoral Planning

Resources and consultation for parishes and multi-parish communities to conduct Leadership Summits for short-term planning or Strategic Planning for  5 - 7 year efforts.

Archdiocesan Building Commission

The Commission assists the Archbishop with strategic planning initiatives and their implementation.  The status on the implementation of the 2020 Plan can be viewed.

2019 Parish Councils Congress
Follow Up

Thank you for attending and making the Parish Councils Congress on Saturday, February 2, a success.  Listed below is information that you may find helpful.  

Evaluation - 68 responded to our evaluation; here are the overall results.

Parish Council Congress Report

PowerPoint Presentations - Listed below are the PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations.

Contact Susan Skibba, MissionInsite Coordinator, at either or 414-769-3355 with any questions.

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408