The 13 members of the Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council (APC) were recently appointed by Archbishop Lori, and include 10 members representing the regional areas of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as well as three at-large members representing the African American, Latino and Young Adult communities respectively. To view a list and brief bio of each of the members, click HERE.
A description of the APC member responsibilities is available below, and an outline of the mission of the Council can be found on this page.
Parishioners throughout the Archdiocese interested in serving on the APC were encouraged through bulletin notices, information in the Catholic Review and other avenues to submit applications online or by mail to the Archdiocese. The pastors representing the 10 regions of the Archdiocese, along with two lay parishioners from the region, reviewed local applications and submitted recommended candidates to the Archdiocese. At-large applications were reviewed by appropriate archdiocesan staff. Recommended candidates were interviewed by phone by the regional vicars and archdiocesan staff who forwarded their final recommendations to the Archbishop for his review and approval.
Meetings for the APC are scheduled for September 14, 2019 (Retreat/Orientation); November 2, 2019; February 19, 2020; and May 23, 2020.
Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council Outline
“Today more than ever we need men and women who, on the basis of their experience of accompanying others, are familiar with processes which call for prudence, understanding, patience and docility to the Spirit. […] We need to practice the art of listening, which is more than simply hearing. Listening, in communication, is an openness of heart which makes possible that closeness without which genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur. Listening helps us to find the right gesture and word which shows that we are more than simply bystanders. Only through such respectful and compassionate listening can we enter on the paths of true growth and awaken a yearning for the Christian ideal: the desire to respond fully to God’s love and to bring to fruition what he has sown in our lives.”
Evangelii Gaudium, 171
Member Qualifications/Responsibilities (*See accompanying job description/application form)
Three-year nonrenewable terms; initial members will be grouped by one, two, or three year terms to rotate membership gradually and will number 13. Members should include at least six women and should reflect the diversity of the Archdiocese.
(Additional interim meetings may be necessary in the initial year of the APC.)
Initial Considerations for the 2019
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council