“…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 2020.

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.

Download the SNAPSHOT REPORT to see a sample of the voices and answers that inspired this theme

The comprehensive report of the findings from PHASE I: LISTENING AND DIALOGUE
will be released on July 28, 2019

What people talked about

Disclaimer: Colour and size of text on were randomly generated for aesthetic purposes and must not be taken as data visualization