Archdiocese of Chicago

Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Department of Parish Life and Formation

Current APC chair: Naomi O'Malley

Current vice chair: Roman Strzelczyk

Staff to APC: Karla Vargas

 The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) is a consultative body to the Archbishop of Chicago and is broadly representative of our local Church. It draws members from the laity, religious and clergy. The Archdiocese has six vicariates and each vicariate has several deaneries. Each parish in each deanery sends two representatives to the deanery’s meetings, and from these deanery representatives, two are discerned to attend the APC meetings as delegates from the deanery. Deanery delegates serve three-year terms, and can serve a total of two consecutive terms, or a total of six years.

Other APC delegates are appointed representatives from lay organizations, deacons, Presbyteral Council, Archdiocesan Women’s Committee, Youth Council, Young Adults, Pastoral Associates, Directors of Religious Education, Sisters, Brothers, and Religious Priests.

The APC meets five times a year – in September, November, January, March, and May/June – with the Archbishop. Each fall, the Archbishop assigns the APC three issues to discuss with him during the coming year. The Archbishop also may seek input from the APC on other issues over the course of the year. At the May/June meeting, APC members present issues to the Archbishop that are of interest to the parishes or communities they represent.

In between the five APC meetings, APC members attend their respective Deanery meetings and the meetings of any other local Church groups with which they are affiliated. Each APC member also serves on one of the four APC standing committees: Education, Spiritual Life, Human Concerns and Archdiocesan Life.

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