Planning with the people not just for the people!


is to pray and discern together about the actions of the Body of Christ in a particular time and place by providing models, methodologies, and actions in order that the Diocesan offices, schools, and parishes organize themselves to carry out their mission.


in light of the New Evangelization, we offer a parish structure and organization process rooted in our Diocesan Vision, with the values of hospitality, collaboration, reconciliation, and faith sharing. This method is called THE ECCLESIAL INTEGRATION PROCESS.

How does it work?

Ecclesial Integration is understood as “the welcoming of all (cultural communities and ethnicities) to our ecclesial institutions” This process is driven by the spirituality of co-responsibility and inclusion in order to ensure a full commitment to the mission of the Church (BICM-USCCB).

This dynamic process is based on five qualities of parish life: Evangelization and Catechesis, Community Life, Service (Pastoral Care), Prayer and Worship, and Co-responsibility; observed and witnessed by our Bishop, Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes.

Throughout the process of Ecclesial Integration the Department of Pastoral Planning and in collaboration with Diocesan Offices offer practical training's to build your leadership parish team to work together and to reach a new sense of belonging and ownership of the MISSION OF THE CHURCH.


How do we begin?



We meet with Pastor & Staff over four consecutive weeks at the Parish Level.

Focuses on building a dynamic team around the pastor. From trust and team building to understanding the core values and running an efficient team meeting. This is a critical building block to the entire proces


pastor & EIP Core-TEAM

The training takes place over three Saturdays at the Vicariate Level.

This is a selected group of leaders committed to helping the pastor carry out the parish mission by leading the volunteers to work together in one mission. The training includes the establishment of trust, the ability to engage in productive conflict and the ability to commit to group decisions. It also includes the willingness to lovingly hold one another accountable for results and behaviors, and the collective focus on the goals of the parish



We will be in regular contact with your Team via video conferencing.

The training will provide the resources and prepare your team leaders to facilitate the integration process. Your EIP Core-team will help you gather the pastoral, finance and ministry councils to develop and implement the pastoral plan. Our dedicated team of pastoral planning support will coach your EIP Core-team, every step of the way.

Pastoral Planning