Current APC chair: Clark McCain
Current vice chair: Naomi O'Malley
Staff to APC: Robert Bennett
The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) is a consultative body to the Archbishop of
Chicago and is broadly representative of our local Church. It draws members from
the laity, religious and clergy. The Archdiocese has six vicariates and each
vicariate has several deaneries. Each parish in each deanery sends two
representatives to the deanery’s meetings, and from these deanery
representatives, two are discerned to attend the APC meetings as delegates from
the deanery. Deanery delegates serve three-year terms, and can serve a total of
two consecutive terms, or a total of six years.
Other APC delegates are appointed representatives from lay organizations,
deacons, Presbyteral Council, Archdiocesan Women’s Committee, Youth Council,
Young Adults, Pastoral Associates, Directors of Religious Education, Sisters,
Brothers, and Religious Priests.
The APC meets five times a year – in September, November, January, March, and
May/June – with the Archbishop. Each fall, the Archbishop assigns the APC three
issues to discuss with him during the coming year. The Archbishop also may seek
input from the APC on other issues over the course of the year. At the May/June
meeting, APC members present issues to the Archbishop that are of interest to
the parishes or communities they represent.
In between the five APC meetings, APC members attend their respective Deanery
meetings and the meetings of any other local Church groups with which they are
affiliated. Each APC member also serves on one of the four APC standing
committees: Education, Spiritual Life, Human Concerns and Archdiocesan Life.