Working document released for Plenary Council journey
ACBC Media Blog

The working document for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia provides a catalyst for the Church to renew the journey of prayer and discernment toward the first assembly in October, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says.

Catholic youth have a ‘deep yearning for Christ’ says plenary delegate Chris Lee
The Catholic Weekly

Sydney’s youngest Plenary Council delegate, Chris Lee, said there is a ‘deep yearning for Christ’ among Australia’s Catholic youth as he shared his experience in youth ministry – a perspective he hopes to voice at the council in October.


Flame of Plenary comes to Parramatta
Catholic Outlook

On Thursday night, the nine delegates who have been appointed from the Diocese of Parramatta for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia met face-to-face for the first time and received the Plenary Council flame.

Plenary Council assembly mixes in-person, online format
ACBC Media Blog

The first assembly of the Plenary Council will take place with a combination of online and face-to-face participation as uncertainty remains over restrictions on travel and gatherings.

Discernment, an ongoing journey for delegate
The Record

Plenary Council President, Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB addressed the delegates at a recent prayer, discernment and dialogue session, on 4 November.

Reflecting on a Synodal Church
The Southern Cross

Acting Chancellor and Plenary Council local coordinator Sarah Moffatt said the forum was also an opportunity to start preparing for a Diocesan Assembly next year and the re-engagement of a Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Archbishop: Advisers helped shape Plenary Council journey
ACBC Media Blog

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the executive committee that has helped guide the Plenary Council journey to this point have set the Council up to be a source of renewal for the Church.

Armidale commissions Plenary Council delegates

Armidale Diocese’s Plenary Council delegates were commissioned at a Mass at Saints Mary and Joseph Cathedral in Armidale on Sunday.

Forum planned for Plenary journeys
The Southern Cross

Plenary Council local coordinator Sarah Moffatt said COVID-19 had thrown many unexpected challenges in 2020, including the postponement of the first assembly of the Plenary Council until October 2021.

Darwin Diocese commissions Plenary Council delegates
ACBC Media Blog

The Diocese of Darwin last night became the first local Church to commission their delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the first assembly of which will open in Adelaide in 12 months’ time.

Plenary lay delegates discuss their hopes, dreams for the process
The Record

Two Plenary Council Perth lay delegates feature in The eRecord’s latest podcast recording on Friday 11 September for an in-depth discussion about their hopes and dreams for the process.

Plenary Council may be delayed but the thematic papers show the fruit of communal discernment
The Record

The Church’s Plenary Council 2020 assemblies may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but six writing and discernment groups have been busy, using their diverse expertise and backgrounds to write thematic papers.

Plenary Council: Proclamation of the Gospel is about leading people to experience the knowledge of God’s love
The Record

The importance of the need to be an evangelising Church in Australia was emphasised at a recent free Plenary Council seminar, titled “Towards the Plenary Council 2020: Understanding a Missionary and Evangelising Church.”

PLENARY COUNCIL: Discernment captures perfectly the task
The Record

The key to what we can do and must do to contribute to the rebuilding and renewing the Church lies in a careful consideration of what fidelity to the Lord and the Lord’s will for the Church look like.

Discernment papers help sharpen focus for Plenary Councils
ACBC Media Blog

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the six discernment papers for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia signify the latest milestone as the Church considers its present circumstances and discerns its future.

Plenary Council Sessions Postponed Until 2021 and 2022, an Opportunity to Use ‘Extra Time Wisely’
ACBC Media Blog

The long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dates locked in for Plenary Council assemblies
ACBC Media Blog

The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will be held in Adelaide from October 3-10, 2021, and in Sydney from July 4-9, 2022.

Discernment ‘is not comfortable’
Melbourne Catholic

Taking time out to pray and discern is deeply counter-cultural – even for an institution as old as the Catholic Church, says Plenary Council 2020 facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins.

Plenary Council assemblies set for 2021 and 2022
ACBC Media Blog

The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will now take place in October 2021 and April 2022, following the disruption of the original schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queensland theologian looks to plenary council with hope for renewed spirit of Second Vatican Council
The Catholic Leader

Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush: “The Church needed to renew itself in order to be more pastorally effective and would speak to the realities of people’s lives in the mid 20th century then, but in any age.”

Diocese rep a voice for parishioners

Only 267 delegates throughout Australia have been called to attend the Plenary Council sessions. Ms Gibson will be representing the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, along with Helen Belcher, Bishop Bill and Fr Andrew Doohan..

Albany Creek parishioner Tom Warren wants to bring youth issues to the plenary table
The Catholic Leader

Albany Creek parish youth co-ordinator Tom Warren took one look at the list of Brisbane archdiocese’s Plenary Council 2020 delegates and thought, “Oh my gosh, those are some fantastic people”.

First assembly of Plenary Council postponed
ACBC Media Blog

In response to the dramatic changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the bishops of Australia have made the “difficult, but necessary” decision to postpone the first assembly of the Plenary Council.

Delegates named for celebration of Plenary Council
ACBC Media Blog

Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has written to more than 250 other Catholics across the country, calling them as delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

Student Plenary Assemblies – Archdiocese of Brisbane
Archdiocese of Brisbane

From late 2019 to early 2020, 29 Catholic Secondary Schools from regional and metropolitan areas of the Archdiocese of Brisbane joined together as part of the Plenary journey through a process of Communal Discernment. This is a snapshot of that Plenary experience.


Discernment and Writing Groups draw on Church’s talent
ACBC Media Blog

Seventy people from across the country – including a dozen bishops – will serve on the six Discernment and Writing Groups that will help the Plenary Council build towards its first session in October 2020.

Time to ‘Listen and Discern’ for Plenary Council
ACBC Media Blog

Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the involvement of Catholics across the country remains critical as the Council’s Listening and Discernment stage ramps up.

Adelaide visit part of Plenary Council preparations
ACBC Media Blog

The Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its Executive Committee have met in Adelaide for the first time, 14 months before the Council’s opening session in the South Australian capital.

Plenary Council process gets a rural perspective
ACBC Media Blog

Catholics in the Western Australian diocese of Geraldton have provided a strong rural voice during the preparation phase of the three-year Plenary Council 2020 process. The Geraldton Diocesan Conference 2018, drawing on Psalm 118, adopted the theme of “Lamp for the Steps and Light for the Way: Listen to God and each other as we light the way forward.”

Dioceses join in the Plenary Council spirit
ACBC Media Blog

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has convoked a diocesan synod commencing in November this year, one of a number of events around the country building towards the Plenary Council and beyond.

Faithful tell Plenary 2020 they want a Christ-centred Church
Catholic Weekly

After consulting more than 222,000 of the Catholic faithful on what they think God wants of the Church in Australia, six National Themes have been discerned for consideration by Plenary Council 2020. The Themes show a “clear desire” for a Christ-centred Church, president of the Plenary Council Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, said.

Applications open for Plenary Council discernment groups
ACBC Media Blog

On July 1, the Plenary Council opened applications for the Discernment and Writing Groups that will play a critical role in helping the Catholic Church move forward in considering the Council’s six National Themes for Discernment.

Broken Bay launches Year of Discernment
Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay

The Diocese of Broken Bay, from where a very large number of submissions to the Plenary Council came, has launched a Year of Discernment. The period has been dedicated to discernment in order to “discover together the concrete path that God is calling us on as individuals and as a community of Christians”, a diocesan statement said.

Source: Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay

Perth Catholics called to fidelity, second Plenary phase launched
Catholic Archdiocese of Perth

The Archdiocese of Perth was quick to launch the second phase of preparation for the Plenary Council — Listening and Discernment — with a special Mass on June 2, the Feast of the Ascension.

Plenary Council 2020 take a major step forward with release of national themes for discernment
The Catholic Leader

PLENARY Council 2020 has moved into its next preparation phase with an announcement of six national themes for discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people.

Announcement of National Themes for Discernment opens next phase for Plenary Council
ACBC Media Blog

The Plenary Council 2020 moves into its next phase of preparation today with the announcement of the National Themes for Discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people.

Discernment helps voices transform into Plenary Council themes
ACBC Media Blog

A combination of data analysis, prayer and reflection has helped the Plenary Council 2020 process move from the voices of more than 222,000 people across the country to a number of National Themes for Discernment.

Listening and Dialogue ‘landmark moment’ for Church
ACBC Media Blog

While people were still sharing their stories of faith and of God with the Plenary Council last night and the final numbers won’t be known for a couple of weeks, the Council’s Listening and Dialogue stage is considered a “landmark moment” for the Catholic Church in Australia.

Five weeks left for Listening and Dialogue phase
ACBC Media Blog

Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says he’s expecting another flood of responses from people across the country during the final five weeks of the “Listening and Dialogue” phase of the Council.


Christmas Massgoers invited to share story, shape future
ACBC Media Blog

With Catholic parishes across the country set to be full to overflowing next week, the Christmas season is being seen as a great time to increase participation in Plenary Council 2020.

November surge takes Plenary Council numbers past 30,000
ACBC Media Blog

The Plenary Council 2020 received more than 2000 submissions during November, matching the number of responses the landmark process had received in the previous five months combined.

Seeking a Plenary Council fit for purpose
Eureka Street

“What we need is a listening and inclusive Church — a Plenary Council at which the clergy and the laity have a proper place at the table, at which the voices of the ‘rusted-on’ and the ‘cheesed-off’ Catholics are heard and at which the bishops are respectfully listening as much as speaking,” Fr Frank Brennan SJ writes.

Listening to the Spirit: 10,000 voices and climbing
ACBC Media Blog

Momentum is building as the Church reaches the midway point of the Open Listening and Dialogue phase of preparations for the Plenary Council in 2020.

Melbourne parish takes outreach to next level
Melbourne Catholic

Parishes, dioceses, ministries, schools and other Catholic groups across Australia are coming up with creative ways to promote the Plenary Council and get people involved. One Melbourne parish has taken it to the streets, erecting billboards.

Youth ministers embrace Plenary process
Catholic Outlook

A gathering of 400 youth ministers has used the Plenary Council’s Listening and Dialogue process to craft a submission to the official Plenary Council process, but also to inform their own ministry.

Townsville locals see great potential in Plenary Council
ACBC Media Blog

The northern Australia tour continued for Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins recently when delivered five sessions over three days in the Townsville Diocese, presenting to more than 130 people.

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Dozens gather in Cairns for Plenary Council conversation
ACBC Media Blog

More than 70 people from across Far North Queensland came together in Cairns last week in the latest of regular diocesan gatherings that are helping local communities commence the three-year Plenary Council process.

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Pope Francis sends blessings as Plenary Council process begins
ACBC Media Blog

Pope Francis has sent his support and blessings to the Catholic Church in Australia as it commences a three-year process to consider its future through the Plenary Council 2020.

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Adelaide will host opening Plenary Council session in 2020
ACBC Media Blog

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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Perth Archdiocese set to launch Plenary Council process on 26 May
The Record

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. In announcing the launch, Archbishop Costelloe affirmed this will be a momentous occasion for the Catholic Church in Australia and carries with it the hopes, dreams and aspirations of everyone involved.

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

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

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

“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.”

WA leaders come together to talk Plenary 2020
The Record

Leaders from across the WA Catholic community have gathered to talk about and prepare for the upcoming Plenary Council scheduled for 2020, themed “Listen to what the Spirit is saying”.

Plenary Council 2020: Our Journey in Faith
Broken Bay News

Broken Bay Diocese director of evangelisation Daniel Ang explains how the Plenary Council 2020 will unfold – and particularly how Broken Bay will prepare for and participate in the process.

Port Pirie, Broome lead the way for Plenary Council
ACBC Media Blog

More than 200 people from remote and rural parts of Port Pirie Diocese in South Australia have met for the first major gathering since the announcement of the 2020 Plenary Council.

Pope Francis approves Plenary Council for Australia
ACBC Media Blog

Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council – the most significant national gathering that can be held – in Australia in more than 80 years.