Australian Catholics have until Ash Wednesday, 6 March, to participate in the first phase of the Plenary Council 2020, an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.
For those who would like further information, or to discuss their response to the question ‘What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?’, two special listening and dialogue sessions are being held at the Newman Siena Centre in Doubleview on 13 and 26 February.
Click on the links below to register, or contact the Centre for Faith Enrichment on 9241 5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
According to the latest figures from the National Centre for Pastoral Research, more than 31,000 people have shared their stories and engaged with the Plenary Council since the Listening and Dialogue stage launched during Pentecost in May last year.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said while the Listening and Dialogue process would officially close on Ash Wednesday, the fruits of this period of engagement were likely to last much longer.
“This Plenary Council process is already changing the way people from all parts of the Catholic Church, and even outside it, engage with their faith, their values, their beliefs, their experiences and their stories,” she told the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
“The practice of dialogue will continue during the next phase – Dialogue and Discernment – in the second half of 2019, when the themes that emerge from this first stage are discussed, contemplated on and prayed about. All people are called to this next stage of discernment.”
PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
LISTENING AND DIALOGUE SESSIONS
Register Online – click on the links to register
Newman Siena Centre
(Room S.101, 133 Williamstown Road, Doubleview, WA 6018)