This paper presents a model for pastoral planning at the
Diocesan level. This model is attentive to the cultural meanings
and values of the people. It attends to the tradition and beliefs
of the Church, as well. The model is illustrated with a case
study. The case study documents the process which produced the
second Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.
The paper is divided into six chapters. The first chapter
discusses the pastoral planning model, examining its theoretical
and theological basis. The second chapter discusses the issue of
culture as it relates to the pastoral plan. Chapters three, four,
and five comprise the case study. This structure reflects the
steps of attending, assertion, and decision proposed by Whitehead
as a method of pastoral reflection (1980;9-29). The final chapter
includes personal reflections on the planning process.