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Archbishop Costelloe calls for Plenary Council Delegate nominations

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB is now seeking nominations from lay people, members of religious orders and clergy from the Archdiocese of Perth who are willing to be called as delegates for the Plenary Council Sessions in October 2020 and June/July 2021.

This is an historically significant opportunity for open-hearted, faith-filled people who are committed to the faith, life and ministries of the Catholic Church in Australia and the mission of God.

The role will involve prayer, reflection, discernment, formation and an understanding of Plenary Council protocols.


Plenary Council 2020 Animators talk about the Listening and Discernment phase at a training session earlier this year. Photo: Marco Ceccarelli.

As a delegate, you will collaborate with other delegates, participate in the process of communal discernment and actively contribute to activities before, during and after the Plenary Council Sessions of approximately one week in October 2020 in Adelaide and one week in Sydney in June/July 2021. In addition, there will be time required for formation and preparation as well as time required to read the Plenary Council Session papers and documents.

Ideally, delegates will have experience in:

  • communal discernment or shared decision making;
  • working co-operatively in different situations; and
  • with the pastoral life of the church.

To be considered for this role, expressions of interest must be submitted on the form provided for this purpose.

Applications that do not include all of the above will not be considered.  Also, due to the tight time frames for the Plenary Council process, late applications will not be considered.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, young people, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Plenary Council 2020 Animators talk about the Listening and Discernment phase at a training session earlier this year. Photo: Marco Ceccarelli.

You can download a full Role Description, Expression of Interest Form and other information at

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference supports equal opportunity in its activities and promotes and supports a family friendly workplace. The successful applicants may be required to provide a Working with Children Check or a suitable Police Check as part of the recruitment process.


  • Advertisement                                                                                                  16/12/2019
  • Applications Close 5.00pm                                                                                17/01/2020
  • Shortlist Interviewees                                                                                        24/01/2020
  • Unsuccessful Applicants Notified (not to be interviewed)                                       31/01/2020
  • Interviews                                                                                                         07/02/2020
    • Interviews will be conducted in person or via videoconference depending on the location of the applicant
  • Recommendations to Archbishop                                                                       10/02/2020
  • Successful Applicants Notified                                                                           14/02/2020
  • Archdiocese of Perth Delegate List submitted to the ACBC                                   18/02/2020                                         

The above dates may be amended as required.

For more information, contact Daniel Lynch, Director, Office of the Archbishop, Archdiocese of Perth via email at or by telephoning (08) 6104 3600 or Tony Giglia, Archdiocesan Coordinator Plenary Council via email at or by telephoning (08) 6104 3600.

Applications must be sent via email to Jennifer Lazberger via email at by 5.00pm Friday 17 January 2020.

Please note that late applications cannot be considered.