A voice for youth: Plenary Council’s youngest member looks ahead to historic gathering IMAGE Your Diocese

A voice for youth: Plenary Council’s youngest member looks ahead to historic gathering

October 01, 2021 Guest Contribution

A quietly-spoken 20-year-old university student and youth minister from the regional New South Wales city of Orange is set to make history as the youngest member of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

The journey towards the Plenary Council IMAGE Your Diocese

The journey towards the Plenary Council

September 28, 2021 Sarah James

This is a truly exciting time for the Catholic Church in Australia. The first of two gatherings being held as part of our Plenary Council, the first of its kind in 84 years, commences on Sunday 3 October 2021. The Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of the church across the country and brings together Catholics of many different backgrounds, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern what God is asking of the Church in Australia. At the end of this long period of listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through the voices of the faithful, Australia’s bishops will vote on any future directions for the Church in our country.

Priest’s Council hope: People rediscover what it means to be baptised IMAGE Your Diocese

Priest’s Council hope: People rediscover what it means to be baptised

September 28, 2021 Guest Contribution

As the Church in Australia journeys towards the first assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the first since 1937, the question asked by many is how the Church has changed since that last gathering. While he doesn’t remember any specifics about that event 84 years ago, Fr Frank Gordon – one of the oldest members of the upcoming Council – is testament to the changes that have taken place.

Why a Plenary Council? IMAGE Your Diocese

Why a Plenary Council?

September 28, 2021 Guest Contribution

There have been times when I wondered if we would ever make it. But after all the delays and changes of plan, we have come at last to the first assembly of the Plenary Council, which has quite a pre-history. 

Caritas Australia’s Women for the World IMAGE Your Diocese

Caritas Australia’s Women for the World

September 21, 2021 Guest Contribution

From 17 to 23 September, all donations to Caritas Australia’s Women for the World campaign will be doubled by a generous group of supporters, until they reach their target of $250,000. By donating during this period, supporters can help raise an amazing quarter of a million dollars to support vulnerable people around the world.  

Parishes in Harmony with Creation IMAGE Your Diocese

Parishes in Harmony with Creation

September 14, 2021 Guest Contribution

You are warmly invited to the Parishes in Harmony with Creation online event.

St Mary’s Towers Online Retreats IMAGE Your Diocese

St Mary’s Towers Online Retreats

September 07, 2021 Sarah James

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre will be offering their September and October programs online!

 

Closing the Gap 2021 IMAGE Your Diocese

Closing the Gap 2021

September 07, 2021 Sarah James

In August 2021, the Commonwealth Government released its first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan. The $1bn Implementation Plan provides an overview of the Commonwealth’s existing actions that contribute to Closing the Gap, as well as new investment and areas of future work. It is a whole-of-government plan, developed across the Commonwealth in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners.