Dr. Michael Cieslak, a Yeshua Fellow and Director of Research & Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, has produced a new training video called Foundational Principles of Parish Pastoral Councils.

The 42-minute video outlines:

  • the various purposes of parish pastoral councils;
  • norms they adopt to achieve their purposes;
  • processes they can use to reach recommendations; and,
  • different procedures used to select members for the council.

It also discusses common indicators of parish vitality – measures to use in evaluating a parish’s service to its members. 

It can be viewed on the web, where you can also download a higher resolution version for viewing by groups. Many other free materials related to parish leadership, planning and pastoral council development are also available at the site.

If you would like to purchase a high resolution copy on DVD to show to groups, send $10 to Dr. Michael Cieslak, Catholic Diocese of Rockford, P.O. Box 7044, Rockford, IL 61125. If you have questions, contact Dr. Cieslak at

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