Plenary Council:
Listen To What The Spirit Is Saying…

In October 2020, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Plenary Council to be held since the second Vatican Council. In 2018, the entire People of God in Australia began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God, by listening to one another’s stories of faith.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the original date of the Assemblies have been delayed, with the first assembly being a mix of in-person and online delivery. See the new PLENARY COUNCIL JOURNEY 2020-2022.

Click HERE to access the new resource, the Reflection guide to responding to the Thematic Discernment papers. Click HERE to access “A Journey of Discernment: The Plenary Council”, a paper by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe.

  • Phase I: Listening and Dialogue

    More than 222,000 people participated in Phase I: Listening and Dialogue, contributing 17,457 submissions. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. This gathered data also reveals some deeper hopes and questions, and the diverse yearnings, that we are now challenged to consider together.

  • Phase II: Listening and Discernment

    The voices in the Listening and Dialogue submissions inspired The National Themes for Discernment named below, which have served as guides as we go through Phrase II: Listening and Discernment. Catholics all over Australia continue to participate in Writing and Discernment sessions, discerning on the submissions with prayerful hearts and minds. These responses make their way to our Writing and Discernment Groups via our website portal, who are drafting thematic papers towards making the agenda for Assembly 1.

    Discernment will go on indefinitely. We invite you to continue getting together with your community for sessions and sending us your responses via the website.

  • Towards Assembly 1

    With the calling of the delegates, we begin to work towards Assembly 1 of the Plenary Council in earnest. While Discernment continues across the country, delegates will undergo formation and be sent documents in advance. These documents will include the THEMATIC DISCERNMENT PAPERS written by the Writing and Discernment Groups.

    On March 23, we announced more than 250 delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, including delegates nominated by dioceses, eparchies, ordinariates and a personal prelature. The delegates will represent those local churches at the celebration of the Council over two assemblies – originally planned for Adelaide in October 2020 and in Sydney in mid-2021.

    On April 6, 2020, Assembly 1 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the desired process of discernment and formation for the delegates. As of June 2020, Assembly 1 will be held in Adelaide on October 2-10, 2021 and Assembly 2 will be held in Sydney on July 4-9, 2022.

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Plenary Council

From the Plenary Council:

A lot has changed in the past year. And the Plenary Council is no exception -- we have new commissioned delegates, new dates, a new (multimodal!) location for Assembly 1, and even a sort-of new logo.

However, the mission -- to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying and to collaborate as a Church in Australia towards a more missionary, prayerful, inclusive, healing, joyful and renewed Church -- remains the same.

On this Australia Day, we are happy to restart the countdown to the multimodal Assembly 1, and we thank you all for your continued prayers and support.
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