Plenary Council Second Assembly

The second and final assembly for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will take place in Sydney from 4-8 July 2022. At the assembly, the 277 Council Members will consider, discern and vote on the motions in the Framework for Motions that have emerged from that national journey, with the goal of renewing the life […]

Let’s Take A Stand For the Church Today – It’s What Mary MacKillop Would Do

Surging wonder and gratitude were unexpected feelings for me when I saw the picture of Mary MacKillop hanging on the walls of St Peter’s Basilica on the day of the canonisation, 17 October 2010. World recognition of the workings of God through this woman was an awe-inspiring thing indeed. In her Ministerial Statement made to […]

Plenary Council 2021: The Josephite Contribution

Update 14 October 2021: Sr Monica Cavanagh reflects on the themes and achievements of the first Assembly. Sr Monica Cavanagh on the First Assembly Dear Friends, The long-awaited first session of Australia’s Fifth Plenary Council begins this Sunday, 3 October. After a long process of discernment and hard work, hundreds of delegates will gather to […]

Plenary Council 2021: Mary MacKillop Inspires Us To Be A Heart-Centred Church

On 5 August, 45 leaders of religious congregations were formally commissioned as members of the Plenary Council in a virtual ritual prepared by Catholic Religious Australia. As the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, I am a member participating in the formal sessions of the Plenary Council. I am looking forward to this […]

Dignity, Service, Synodality: The Plenary Council’s Josephite Values

The Plenary Council is a wonderful opportunity for the Catholic Church in Australia to renew ourselves and face up to our current reality. I became involved with the Plenary Council in January this year when I was asked to assume the role of Liaison Officer for the Plenary Council Working Group for the Archdiocese of […]

Plenary Council 2021: A View From The Grassroots

Sr Chris Schwerdt gives an insight into the Plenary process at the local level after attending the Adelaide Diocesan Assembly, held over 17 and 18 September. The Adelaide Diocesan Assembly was a very hopeful and enriching experience, involving more than 400 people, including seven Josephites and two Covenant Josephites. Parish representatives, migrant communities, schools, clergy, […]