In the wake of the 2013 Diocesan Synod, Bishop Edward Burns has called together members of the faithful from throughout Southeast Alaska to serve on a newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council. According to the proposed policies and procedures guiding the formation of the council, this new body is to ‘assist the Bishop in setting the direction of the diocese in various pastoral matters as well as by surfacing for him areas of concern among the faithful entrusted to his care.’ First among those tasks will be the development and implementation of a pastoral plan based on the priorities of the Diocesan Synod, emphasizing those features of the Synod resolutions which are most fundamental for a New Evangelization in the Diocese of Juneau, with an eye to those who are distant, alienated from and are on the margins of the Church.

Members of the newly formed Pastoral Council are:

Larry Bussone – Staff, Diocesan Administrator
Morris Carrillo – St. Paul, Juneau
Pam Luprek – St. Gregory, Sitka
Nicole Miller – Holy Name, Ketchikan
Pat Minick – Cathedral, Juneau
Mike Monagle – St. Paul, Juneau
Peggy Mattson – Staff, Diocese Development
Nick Polasky – St. Paul, Juneau
Deacon Charles Rohrbacher – Staff, Ministries
Rose Mary Ryman – St. Ann, Yakutat
Jim Shine – Holy Family Mission, Gustavus
Marilyn Stack – Holy Name, Ketchikan
Jean Strafford – Cathedral, Juneau
Fr. Pat Travers – Judicial Vicar, St. Paul, Juneau

According to Canon Law (511), a Diocese should have a Diocesan Pastoral Council to investigate, consider, and propose practical conclusions about those things which pertain to pastoral works in the diocese; the council is advisory and consultative to the bishop.

Members of the Council were selected by the bishop to reflect the entire population of the diocese, with consideration given to the different areas of the diocese, social conditions and professions, and the role they have in the apostalate.

Further information on the work of the Pastoral Council can be obtained by contacting the Diocese Development office at (907) 586-2227, ext. 31.