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Saturday, February 23, 2019

8:30 am Registration, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

St. Dominic Center - Auditorium

2403 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021

Learn about the tools that are available within the archdiocese to help you in your parish planning.  Parish Pastoral Council members will also learn about a customized report using current information specific to your parish.


Ricardo Medina

Ricardo Medina is the Pastoral Planning consultant of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He actively collaborates in the development of a culture of active lay leadership among nearly 150 parishes, with the goal of contributing to the evangelization task of the Church through data-based planning and implementation. He addresses parishes´ needs, facilitates discernments, conducts leadership development workshops and retreats, oversees planning implementation, creates communication campaigns, and implements research projects, both in English and Spanish.  


James Barrette

Mr. Barrette completed his undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University of San Antonio. He also holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and an M.A. in Organizational Development, both from Loyola University - Chicago. Before arriving at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston he ministered for 10 years in Catholic high schools, parishes, and retreat centers in Texas and Missouri. Formerly the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry, for the past twenty years Jim has served the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as the Director of the Secretariat for Pastoral and Educational Ministries. In that role, he oversees nine pastoral and catechetical departments that provide training and support for parishes. In addition, he oversees three retreat centers and works directly with the Evangelization Commission, Parish Pastoral Council Development, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning.

Jim has been joyfully married to his wife, Beth for over nine years. Although Jim and Beth enjoy their involvements at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish, they also belong to a small faith community in Houston which nourishes their spiritual growth while drawing inspiration from the Marianist tradition.

Click here to register for the February 23, 2019 Parish Pastoral Council Workshop.

For more information, please contact Jim Barrette or Gloria Manint at 713-741-8785 or email at or


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Topic & Presenter:  TBD

More information to come.

 For more information, please contact Jim Barrette or Gloria Manint at 713-741-8785 or email at or


Handouts from Previous Workshops

April 7, 2018 "The Engine for Building Communities of Disciples"

Mark Mogilka  

February 24, 2018 "Is Your Parish a Witness of Joy"

Sr. Maureen Collier, FSP