Background Information
Lexicon for Pastoral Planning
Bishop Listecki's letter announcing a ceremony for the acceptance of the Pastoral Plan
Pastoral Plan showing 75 Parish Centers by Deanery

Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of La Crosse

Our Diocese has gone through a long period of prayer, study and preparation to help us meet the challenges of the future in a systematic, organized and respectful way.  We look ahead to the future, whatever it might bring.  If the time comes when we have fewer international priests, or if there is a further priest shortage, then parts of the plan could go into effect.


The Diocesan Pastoral Plan was accepted by Bishop Listecki and announced in a ceremony at Holy Cross Diocesan Center on Thursday, 08 May 2008.  Follow the links on the side-bar for details.




The Catholic Times article reprints regarding the Pastoral Planning activities

Diocese investigates answers to priest shortage (Aug. 18, 2005)

Envisioning our Future (July 27, 2006)

Bishop, priests to discuss pastoral planning in Tomah (Nov. 2, 2006)

Pastoral planning committee rolls out draft proposal (Nov. 16, 2006)

Worsening priest shortage fundamental to pastoral planning (Dec. 14, 2006)

Demographics and pastoral planning – Meeting people where they’re at (Dec. 28, 2006)

Pastoral planning, stewardship campaign share common mission -- keeping parishes  (Jan. 25, 2007)

Pastoral plan presented for deanery input (April 5, 2007)

Bishop approves, publishes pastoral plan (May 15, 2008)

Phase two of pastoral planning to begin (May 29, 2008)

Phase Two of pastoral planning gets underway (Oct. 30, 2008)

What makes a parish (Jan. 8, 2009)

Pastoral Planning -- What Santa Cruz can teach us (Feb. 19, 2009)

Pastoral plan will help rural parishes to survive (March 19, 2009)

The priest shortage and pastoral planning -- hope for the future (April 16, 2009)

Pastoral Planning The process is painful, but it doesn’t have to be hurtful and divisive (May 28, 2009)

Pastoral Planning phase II presentations announced (Oct. 1, 2009)

Pastoral planning meeting replaced (Feb 18, 2010)

Consultation a big part of establishing Pastoral Plan protocols (March 18, 2010)

Pastoral planning meeting refines protocols (April 29, 2010)