“…You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem…and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8)

How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is missionary and evangelising?

As we move into this second stage of the Plenary Council journey, we continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Beginning in July 2019, we are called to reflect on Scripture, Church teaching and our contemporary situation in order to discern the answer to this question. The fruits of what is discerned during this time will help shape the agenda of the first session of Plenary Council in October 2021.

This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared a passion for participating in the missionary nature of the Church and desire stronger support, involvement and formation among all the baptised who make up the Church. The data also identified the need to reach out and communicate more effectively and to find new ways of living and proclaiming the Gospel in Australia today. There was a call for the strengthening of leadership and ministries in parishes and schools, training to equip leaders for ministry, pastoral support for various groups within parish and faith communities, and a desire for a unified voice in engaging social issues such as life and religious freedom.

Responses to Discernment (Phase 2)

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Snapshot Report

See a sample of the voices and answers that inspired this theme. Use this to help your group during communal discernment.

More Reports

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Thematic Paper

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Peter Grace 49, NSW

The Plenary Council offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of the Church in Australia to come together to consider how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church. Much of my professional and personal life has encompassed being “missionary and evangelising”, including through children’s sacramental programs and adult faith formation.

Members of a group, both individually and collectively, can seek and clarify God’s will through the presence of the Holy Spirit by harnessing the power of silence, by listening to God’s Word and the wisdom of each other, and by the power of prayer.


  • Laura Avery 44, NT
  • Fr Greg Bellamy 41, NSW
  • Archbishop Peter Comensoli 55, VIC
  • Sally FitzGerald 69, ACT
  • Fr Vincent Glynn 61, WA
  • Catherine Jenkins 57, VIC
  • Fr Michael Kelly 68, VIC
  • Daniel Lynch 32, WA
  • Fr Patrick McInerney 61, NSW
  • Alison Newell 66, NSW
  • Francine Pirola 53, NSW
  • Archbishop Julian Porteous 70, TAS

What people talked about

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More Reports

Download Diocesan Reports and "Listen to what the Spirit is Saying - Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase 1: Listening and Dialogue"