Pastoral Advisory Council


The Pastoral Advisory Council of St. Thomas More is a consultative group established to assist the Pastor in considering and addressing parish pastoral issues, including the direction of the parish. As expressed in the Diocese of Austin's guidelines for Pastoral Councils, the role and purpose of the Pastoral Advisory Council is:
To be a representative body of the faithful whose focus is on the whole community - its beliefs, its joys, its needs, its sorrows, its concerns, its gifts and its pursuit of the mission of the Church.
Provide a means for uniting the parish community in expressing its collective wisdom concerning pastoral plans and activities.
Read and reflect the 'signs-of-the-times' to those planning and/or implementing short and long term pastoral policies and activities of the parish.
To give counsel and seek consultation. Good counsel is the result of full, holistic, active consultation. Thus, the members of this group, along with the pastor, are called to reflect and consider pastoral issues for the common good and for the future. Their role is to understand, to reflect carefully and prayerfully and to seek consensus.
To accomplish its role and purpose, the Council meets at least once per month with Pastor and Associate Pastor to consider parish needs, define priorities, implement action plans, and to explore the means to help the members of the St. Thomas More community to hear and heed the call to discipleship by utilizing their gifts and talents to strengthen the community and to serve others.

Members of the Pastoral Advisory Council are representative of the parish as a whole. The Council is comprised of nine lay members. Each year in June, the Council conducts a discernment of two new members selected to serve a three-year term. In addition, the Pastor may select three additional parishioners, including a teen representative, to serve a one-year term. Any registered member of the parish who wishes to serve on the Pastoral Advisory Council is welcome to participate in the discernment process. The links below further describe the discernment process and the workings of the Council.

Interested in the Pastoral Advisory Council? For more information contact Ed Sladek 512-426-6731.

The Council meets at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of every month (excluding July) in the Parish Administration Building. The meetings are open to all members of the parish; any and all are welcome to attend. Issues of importance to parishioners may be addressed by contacting any member of the Council for consideration at a subsequent meeting.

Focus Areas

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Pope Francis and Bishop Joe Vasquez have reminded us lately that Encounter with Christ is at the heart of our lives as Christians and the Mission of the Church. Encounter that Leads to Transformation is the central focus of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and guides our parish mission statement. To help us enter into this encounter with Christ as a community, we have kicked off Witness Weekends.

Once a month at mass you’ll hear from people in our parish community about what meeting Christ has meant in their lives. We hope this will help you reflect on how God is present and at work in your life.

At the end of mass you are invited to stop by and say Hi to the Witness at the back of the church.

If you are interested in being a Witness or want to learn more. Please contact Elena Thompto at 512-773-6053 or via email at

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Members of the Council

Rev. Kurtis Wiedenfeld

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Jim Lonergan

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Tamara Studer

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Michael Steiner

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Patrick O'Rourke

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Ed Sladek (Chairperson)

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Bridgitte Owens

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Elena Thompto

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Sandy Zinmeister

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