Archdiocesan Consultation was initially restricted to priests only

Now, focus shifts to ties with laity
Ashutosh Shukla






The Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012, called by the Cardinal Oswald Gracias and expected to be held from November 12 to 14 at the St. Pius Seminary in Goregaon, is hoping to improve its reach with the laity with ‘relationship’ as one of its key focus areas this year.
Father Gilbert de Lima, coordinator of the working committee of the consultation, said, “We need to see if we are able to reach out to people the way we want to and check how we can reach them better if they have problems.” He added that this year, they have asked Nirmala Niketan to reach out to the community and give us their feedback. Once their report is prepared, the church will seek more data from priests.
The consultation acts like a senate that meets once every ten years. The idea behind such a consultation is to gauge the services of the church and seek feedback from people in order to take corrective measures and better reach the masses. This consultation was first held in 1980 when interactions were mostly between priests. They were later broadened to include the laity. Taking a more holistic approach towards spirituality, better involving the laity and forming a priestly ministry were among the key decisions taken then.
In 2001, the church extended its programme through several activities that focused on family, youth and the marginalized sections, and in 2006, it also organised a mid-term consultation where youth councils were introduced.
Commenting on the consultation, Conrad Saldanha, a member of the working committee and a laity said, “This whole consultation provides us time for reflection and renewal. Relationship is heart of life and so we need to address it.

Published Date:  May 28, 2012

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  1. Kim Roger said,

    May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012, when it was carried in several parishes in the suburbs infact many of the parishioners were not aware of what the whole idea is about. Some of the members were randomly picked for some training, which they did attend but was not able to drill down the line of PPC members in the parishes.
    I remember the PPC meet which we had where in the Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012 details were given. The Members who were trained were ill-informed and haphazardly carried on the activity and process which in a short span and made a mad rush to complete the activity with out explain the parishioners what is the need of the same
    This is how the overall planning of the Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012 which takes place once in a decade and the detailing was limited to only the upper layer and below the line people are just trying to figure out the elephant out of it.
    Till date there is no clarity about the Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012, and how and what it is. And what ever polices the Diocese get in it will be bias in implementation and not polices for the upliftment of the community.
    Call me a critic or non-supportive, but the fact remain that we are moving like a headless chickens with no vision in the community or an army without the General running in all the odd direction trying to make a survival with an GO-COOL attitude with no or dwindling progress.


    Noel Corriea


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