Parish 2020

Parish 2020

Building Vital Faith Communities


"Parish 2020 is entrusted with the tasks of hearing our priests, lay leaders and people with a view to renewing the pastoral plan;  bringing the best demographic and planning expertise to bear upon the distribution of our deaneries, parishes, schools and agencies; reduce silos and promoting greater collaboration between parishes in shared activities, resources and planning for the future, and between parishes, schools, agencies and chancery;  ensuring our parishes are sustainable and that they receive the best possible support going forward; all with the goals of the new evangelisation and better pastoral care."
Archbishop Fisher – Address at Clergy Forum – 23 April 2015


Dear friends,

As part of the process to develop the Pastoral Plan for our Archdiocese, a survey was conducted during January to March this year. People across the Archdiocese were invited to participate and provide input on their parish experience, on parish priorities and ways in which Parishes might more closely collaborate to grow and strengthen communities. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.  We have received thousands of responses, and  are grateful for the valuable input which will help shape the planning process. 

If we had to sum up the survey results in a sentence, it would be this: you love your parish, you are enthusiastic about your parish faith experience, you feel that you are a part of parish life and ministry, but there is room for improvement in a number of areas.

The survey results have been organised into Deanery reports, which provides a collective view from the Parishes of that particular area of the Archdiocese.   Individual Parish reports are nearing completion, and will also be made available on the map below when they have been completed.

The survey results provided, do not include your many comments, but the Parish 2020 Working Group is aware of every comment made, and have taken them into consideration.

The next phase of consultation will take the shape of Deanery focus groups, and use of  other internet based engagement tools.   Thank you to the many hundreds of people who have indicated they wish to participate in this consultation. You will be contacted with further information soon. If you would like to be involved, please be in touch

We hope you will take some time to review the results and that doing so will make you want to become even more involved in the life of your parish.

Please click here to view survey reports.

REGIONAL GATHERING: The Working Group extends an invitation to Parish Priests/Administrators and their appointed Parish 2020 Co-ordinator to a Regional meeting  in early July with their local Auxiliary Bishop to discuss themes emerging from the survey feedback, reflection on the broader aims of Parish 2020, and to seek input for the next phase of consultation.    For full details of dates and venues for these meetings, and to register, please click here.