“When they were at table, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognised him.”
(Luke 24:30-31)

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

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 how deeply they treasured the Eucharist and the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church. There was a call for stronger and more engaging preaching, with an emphasis on the Word of God and connection to daily life, some seeking a uniquely Australian expression of prayer and Eucharistic celebration, drawing from the wisdom and rituals of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also bringing together the many migrant communities which make up the Church in Australia. There were many divergent expressions of ways in which people and communities encounter God through their experiences of prayer, music and liturgy, and a desire for catechesis, training and formation for those in ministries related to these.

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


Sr Clare Sciesinski PBVM 71, WA

I want to be part of this endeavor to bring the Church in Australia in line with the whispering shouts of the Holy Spirit as heard in the people’s voices. To be both prayerful and eucharistic is to be “in touch” with the living Christ within each of us, to recognise him in others and to be able to allow him to be visible through the actions and liturgies of the body of Christ, the Church. This means that I must be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit at all levels of my life.

I believe that my whole life in one way or another has been a theological reflection. My experience of listening, praying, reflecting, being confronted with the Church’s changing stance during the Second Vatican Council, and the conversion experience that went with that, was an experience of theological reflection. Theological reflection occurs naturally in my work and in my role sharing the Good News of the Gospel.


  • Fr Yuhanna Azize 62, NSW
  • Bishop Paul Bird 70, VIC
  • Sr Moira Broderick CSB 81, VIC
  • Catherine Connors 43, QLD
  • Fr Justin Darlow 39, NSW
  • Philippe Dulawan 32, NSW
  • Bishop Greg Homeming 61, NSW
  • Jesse Mowbray 37, NSW
  • David Nelson 40, NSW
  • James O’Brien 32, VIC
  • Matthew Smith 59, NSW
  • Bernadette Sullivan 31, VIC

What people talked about

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