Plenary Council 2020
Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold the first Plenary Council in Australia since 1837.
A Plenary Council is the most significant national gathering that can be held and in approving the 2020 Plenary Council, Pope Francis also endorsed the Bishops’ nomination of Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB as the President of the Plenary Council.
Archbishop Costelloe said he holds great hope that the Council will bring about a period of authentic renewal.
“This is a significant moment for the Catholic Church in Australia and I look forward to walking with the people of God as we look towards the future,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
“I encourage all Catholics, whether devout or disillusioned, fervent or frustrated, to seize this opportunity to speak what is on their minds and in their hearts,” he said.
Plenary Council facilitator, Lana Turvey-Collins, said she is inspired by the many faith-filled people across the country who have shared their hopes for the Church with her during a series of planning meetings.
“People are both curious and passionate about how all people – particularly people who are marginalised, vulnerable or distant from the Church – can be part of preparing for the Plenary Council,” she said.
“The process of listening and dialogue, beginning at Pentecost 2018, will help form the agenda for the Plenary Council. It’s a chance for us all to learn to become a truly listening Church. All people are invited to share their story of faith, of life and of their experience of the Church.”
A new website for the Plenary Council was also launched this week, with the aim helping people better understand how they can participate in the process.
“Signing up to the e-newsletter and the Plenary Council social media channels is the best way to stay up-to-date with local and national activity for Plenary Council,” Mrs Turvey-Collins said.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council Chair, said Australian Bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision.
“We ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together as God’s people in Australia,” he said.
The Council will be a unique opportunity for people to come together and listen to God in all the ways God speaks to us, and in particular by listening to one another as together we discern what God is asking of us at this time – a time when the Church in Australia is facing significant challenges.
We sincerely hope the preparation and celebration of the Plenary Council is a time when all parts of the Church listen to and dialogue with one another as we explore together how we might answer the question: ‘What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?’.”
Click Here to watch Plenary Council President Archbisop Tim Costelloe SDB speaking about Pope Francis's approval of the Council
Visit the Plenary Council website at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
The Australian Catholic Bishops have appointed an Executive Council to oversee the operation of the Plenary Council at the national level. Dr Debra Sayce, Acting Executive Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia has been appointed to the Council.
Tony Giglia has been appointed by Archbishop Costelloe to coordinate the participation of the Archdiocese of Perth in the Plenary Council 2020. Tony can be contacted at:
Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Administration Centre