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Prepared for the people of the Diocese of Broken Bay
The Pastoral Discernment Central Coast (PDCC) Project was initiated by Bishop Anthony Randazzo in August 2021, to engage the people of the Central Coast in a synodal journey. This Executive Summary provides the key findings from Phases 1 and 2 of the project, in preparation for writing the final report. Phase 1 was concerned with correlating statistical data on the Central Coast. Phase 2 invited personal and communal consultation.
A Pastoral Reference Group was established to provide guidance for the discernment process. The final report will be compiled and presented to Bishop Anthony Randazzo in June 2022 for his consideration. Subsequent to the Bishop’s response to the Report, a task group will be established for the implementation phase of the project. The project themes and process have drawn on the language and ideas presented for the 2023 Synod of Bishops.
The data collected through out Phase 1 of the project has been sourced from the following areas.
The people of the Diocese of Broken Bay were invited throughout Phase 2 to provide feedback through participation in the PDCC synodal journey. Submissions opened January 31, 2022, and closed March 31, 2022. Fifty-Two submissions were received, and approximately 1500 people engaged in the listening and dialogue consultations. Seven major themes emerged and are summarised below:
In addition to these emergent themes a number of particular considerations have been identified that require pastoral attention: