Office for Parish Advisory Councils

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Sharon A. Bogusz, Director
Susan ONeill, Secretary
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Diocese of Pittsburgh St. Paul Seminary:

2900 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412-456-3047
Fax: 412-456-3184


The Nineteenth Diocesan Synod of Pittsburgh in 2000 called for the establishment of a parish pastoral council in every parish in the diocese.  To facilitate the movement from parish to pastoral councils, the diocese prepared a set of Interim Guidelines, promulgated in 2007.  They were assessed a year and a half later.  Comments from those who had actually begun working toward the establishment of pastoral councils helped to shape the recently promulgated guidelines One Body, One Mission

Please contact the Office for parish Advisory Councils by phone at 412-456-3047 or by e-mail at for further information or clarification.

What are Parish Pastoral Councils?

How do Parish Pastoral Councils serve the Church?

How do Parish Pastoral Councils work with their pastors?

What do Parish Pastoral Councils do?


MissionInsite helps parishes understand the story of the people who live within the boundaries of the parish.  By providing demographic data about the community, MissionInsite is a valuable planning tool for Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils.  Data comes from the most recent national Census and is forecast to the current year and 5 and 10 years into the future.  MissionInsite is internet based and available to all parishes in the Diocese.  For information about registration, please contact the MissionInsite Administrator at