In October 2021, the Catholic Church in Australia gathered for the first Assembly of the Plenary Council to be held since the second Vatican Council.

In 2018, when the decision to hold a Plenary Council was announced, the entire People of God in Australia began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God and by listening to one another’s stories of faith.

Responses to the discernment journey which began with the Listening and Dialogue Phase, followed by the Listening and Discernment Phase can still be accessed for your consideration and reflection. The six Thematic Discernment papers and Reflection Guide, prepared by several writing groups are also still available, by clicking here.

The members (formerly called delegates) were commissioned and participated in formation sessions in preparation towards fulfilling their role as members. At the same time, we were all called to continue our own journeys of prayer and discernment as we look forward in hope to the renewal of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first Assembly was a mix of in-person and online delivery. Access agenda, key documents and Masses and livestreams from the First Assembly.

The second assembly will be held in Sydney in July 2022.

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1 month ago

Plenary Council

Many of us have rested up and are preparing now for the launch of the Synod of Bishops after the tiring but truly fruitful 16 sessions over 6 days that made up Assembly 1.

The months between the first and second general assemblies of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia are now a time for “prayer, reflection, maturation and development”, according to a concluding statement from the first assembly.

Read the story on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Media Blog or view the full closing statement under "Key Documents" on the Plenary Council website!

mediablog.catholic.org.au/time-between-assemblies-a-chance-for-prayer-maturation/
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2 months ago

Plenary Council

What a week it has been! Videos from the past week, coverage from various media and the fruits of the Assembly will be available via www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

Assembly 1 saw a year’s delay and technological hiccups — all in the midst of a pandemic. It all culminated in this unique and fruitful experience, where we chose to listen and discern and pray together, even and especially with our different perspectives and coming from the different corners of Australia. We come out of it with an overwhelming sense of joy and hope, knowing we are guided by the Holy Spirit and driven by such love for God and the Catholic Church in Australia.

We thank everyone who has made this week possible, from contributing to Listening and Dialogue to following Assembly 1 online. Please continue to pray for Plenary Council as the journey continues!
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