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.
The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed.
In 2021, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?
Pope Francis has spoken of the need to engage in the world and respond in faith:
“The defining aspect of this change of epoch is that things are no longer in their place. Our previous ways of explaining the world and relationships, good and bad, no longer appears to work. The way in which we locate ourselves in history has changed. Things we thought would never happen, or that we never thought we would see, we are experiencing now, and we dare not even imagine the future.
That which appeared normal to us – family, the Church, society and the world – will probably no longer seem that way. We cannot simply wait for what we are experiencing to pass, under the illusion that things will return to being how they were before.”
The journey toward the Plenary Council will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. We invite all people to engage, to be a part of the listening and dialogue encounter in the next two years.
Listening and Dialogue Sessions with the Bishop were held in five locations in October and November 2018. You can read a summary of the raw response which have been sent through to the Plenary Council from our Diocese from these sessions. Here are the Raw Responses.
In early 2019, we hosted the National Plenary Facilitator, Lana Turvey Collins for the gathering of our clergy and parish/school plenary teams. In addition, a Diocesan Assembly in was held in preparation for the Plenary Council on 13 and 14 September 2019.
The fruit of this gathering are contain the the document Sale Diocesan Assembly 2019 Ideas for Pastoral Initatives.
To revist the happening of the Assembly itself visit the Diocesan Assembly Wrap-up page .
The Plenary Council has called the following delegates from the Diocese of Sale to participate in the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
Bishop Greg Bennet
Fr Peter Slater VG
Fr Denis O'Bryan
Mrs Katherine Jelavic
Mrs Lize Privitera
Bishop O’Regan appointed Diocesan team (the Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) Plenary Team. This group, representing Diocesan parishes and organisations is responsible for assisting us as a diocese to prepare for the Plenary Council. This group continues to meet in the lead-up to the Plenary Council and is also steering the follow-up from the 2019 Diocesan Assembly.
For a list of the G&S Committee, please visit this page for more details.
Each parish is to have a plenary group which will assist in animating the many plenary conversations and gatherings as part of preparation for the Plenary Council. The plenary group may be the parish pastoral council or could be another group formed for the plenary process.
Each Catholic primary and secondary school in the Diocese is encouraged to engage in the preparation process for the Plenary Council.