From 3 -10 October 2021, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Assembly of the Plenary Council to be held since the Second Vatican Council.
It will be a focal point for the Church in Australia as a journey that has its origins two decades ago finally commences the nine-month period of celebration, with the Second General Assembly scheduled for July 2022.
The 278 members have been drawn from dioceses, eparchies, ordinariates, personal prelature, leaders of religious congregations and representatives of church ministries.
The members will represent those local churches at the celebration of the Council over two assemblies – originally planned for Adelaide in October 2020 and in Sydney in mid-2021.
On April 6, 2020, Assembly 1 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the desired process of discernment and formation for the members. As of June 2020, Assembly 1 will be held in a multi-modal form online from October 2-10, 2021 and Assembly 2 will be held in Sydney on July 4-9, 2022.
Please continue to pray for the Plenary Council members, and for the Church in Australia.
The following links provide news, daily updates, opinion and other resources.
- Plenary Council First Assembly Newsletter – Fr Tom McDonough CP
- Plenary Council – Official website
- PlenaryPost – The e-newsletter of the Plenary Council
- Catholic Social Services, Australia (daily blog by Francis Sullivan CSSA Chair)
- Blog by Professor Emeritus John Warhurst AO