Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is the guiding body of St. Columbkille. The role of the Pastoral Council is to facilitate the periodic formation/revision of St. Columbkille’s Vision,(and work with our Linked Parish, St. Joseph The Worker on a Linked Mission and Vision)to nourish an environment that will encourage achievement of the Vision, and to conduct regular evaluations of its progress. The actions of the Pastoral Council are governed by the Purpose, Mission, Guiding Principles, and Goals of St. Columbkille. As a tool of the Community, the Pastoral Council’s actions are focused on support of the Pastor, Faith Formation Director, and the eight other Ministry Councils/Committees. The Pastoral Council should view itself in partnership with the Pastor, Faith Formation Director, and other Ministry Councils/Committees.

The Pastoral Council maintains awareness of and commitment to the fulfillment of the St. Columbkille Vision, as well as facilitating the periodic formation and revision of the Vision. The Pastoral Council evaluates progress toward strategic goals and calls Ministry Council and committees to accountability in fulfilling St. Columbkille’s Vision. In addition, the Pastoral Council fosters timely and effective communication between Ministry Councils, staff, and the parish community.


GOAL: Empowering the Mission & Vision of St. Columbkille

Pastoral Council

Chair:  Dean Wilgenbusch
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Phone: 557-7311

Renee Curtiss
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Phone: 599-2291

Carrie Fitzgerald
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Phone: 513-0258

Patrick Greener
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Phone: 580-3004

Joe Link
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Phone: 590-2777

Charlie Sisler


Diane Wiegman


Steve McCarron

Sara Palmer
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Phone: 590-1813

Maureen Crahan
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One committee member not listed, at request of the member.

Elected by parishioners of St. Columbkille, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:15 pm preceded by parish committee meetings in Fogarty Hall.  Meetings are open to parish members to attend.



We ask that each parish member consider how you can be involved in just one of these priorities.  As the Archbishop shared, there is something each of us can do.  Our parish has 2550 members, so just think of the impact of that many people doing just one thing to support one of these priorities!


“The Pastoral Council talked about priorities for our future.  As we talked about our ideas for priorities it became clear to us that our priorities were right in line with the Archdiocesan priorities.

As a parish, we have adopted these four priorities as ours and are working with and through our committees and subcommittees to further our efforts in each of these areas. 

A recent workshop held with the leadership of these committees showed us just how much we are doing in these four areas already.  It is also helping us to focus and refocus our efforts as we move forward in to the future. 

To help you understand these priorities the next page shares a little information about each.  I invite you to help us work on these priorities areas.  Every member of our parish has talents to be shared in one, two or three of these areas.

  Dean Wilgenbusch, Chair of Pastoral Council










  Maddie Tomecek, Youth Rep, Pastoral Council









All of our church ministries, such as worship and works of mercy, are inspired by love of Jesus.  We cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know unless someone teaches us.  Faith Formation happens in Catholic Schools and religious education, however it also includes ongoing faith formation for persons of all ages, individual, or in groups. 




Archbishop Jackels shared, “We participate in Holy Mass on Sunday with our community, not only to offer worship to God, but also to be transformed, and to be agents of transformation.”  We will focus on the 4 H’s.

Hospitality                      Hymns 

Homily, and                    How we celebrate Holy Mass




Everything who we are, what we have, and what we can do is on loan from God.  Stewardship is a way of life that Jesus taught to his followers by his words and example.  Each and every one of us has been blessed with time and talents to share.  We are asked to share our time and talents.  We can share them with family and friends.  We can share them with church and our church community.  We can share them in our community and world.  All to the Glory of God.  What we share and give will be  shared back ten-fold. 




More priests are needed to fill the shoes of retiring priests not only in this Archdiocese but throughout many parts of the United States.  It starts with praying for priestly vocations, talking to young men about priesthood as a vocation, praying and supporting seminarians and more.   Supporting our priests throughout the Archdiocese and particularly the priests who serve us.  Vocations encompass everyone religious life, diaconate, marriage and single life are vocations that also need prayer and support.  



As pastoral leader of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, I need to share my vision for continuing the mission  of Jesus in the Church’s ministries. 

As we do not have the resources to do everything we want or need to do, this involves identifying priorities, a focus for our efforts, and energies. 

I propose that we focus on four priorities, which resonates with the goals identified in Vision 2000,  and which have also been affirmed by pastoral leaders in the Archdiocese. 

Another part of my vision is to engage all of us to partner with me and others in our efforts to continue the mission of Jesus in the Church’s ministries.

We cannot stand by as passive onlookers, or expect someone else to do it.  There is something each of us can do:

Pray, think, talk about these priorities with others, and strategize on the local level on how to carry them out, for the Glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the authentic development of human society.

May it be so.  Amen.

Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque

















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