Welcome to the Plenary Council 2020

Together, we are on a journey of listening to God by listening to one another. We invite all Australians to engage in an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Your voice is needed – join in! Speak boldly and with passion, listen with an open and humble heart. With faith and guided by God’s Holy Spirit, we journey together, toward the future.

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Latest News

Adelaide will host opening Plenary Council session in 2020

The first of two historic national gatherings to consider the future of the Catholic Church in Australia will be held in Adelaide in October 2020, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has announced.

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New ACBC president to make sure ‘Jesus is at the heart of everything’

“The Plenary Council isn’t a talkfest; it’s a time to discern, decide and act. If we do that under the influence of the Holy Spirit, things will change in unexpected and hope-filled ways.”

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Perth Archdiocese set to launch Plenary Council process on 26 May

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB will launch the 2020 Plenary Council process this month during the Vigil Mass of Trinity Sunday on 26 May at 6pm

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Plenary 2020 to shape the future of the Catholic Church in Australia

The Plenary Council in 2020—as the highest form of communication possible between local churches and dioceses within a country—will actually determine Church legislation in Australia.

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  • Jesus


    "Love one another, just as I have loved you."

    John 15:12

  • Pope Francis

    "The real newness is the newness which God mysteriously brings about and inspires, provokes, guides and accompanies in a thousand ways."

    Evangelii Gaudium 12.