The who, what and when of the Plenary Council

  •  What is the purpose of the Plenary Council?

 A Plenary Council is a formal meeting of the Bishops and other representatives of all the diocese and eparchies of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its purpose is to discern what God is asking of us in Australia at this present time.

  • Who will attend the Plenary Council?

282 members (formally referred to as delegates) from across Australia have confirmed their participation in the two Assemblies of the fifth Plenary Council – in October 2021 and July 2022 .

  • When was the last Plenary Council in Australia?

 The last Plenary Council was held 80 years ago in Australia in 1937.

  •  How were members chosen?

 A process of call for the expressions of interest for delegates happened in each Diocese across Australia from November 2019 – December 2020

Our Military Diocese was allocated one lay position. The person chosen was MAJ Gavin Keating, a long term member of Army, Gavin is also in his final formation to become a Military Chaplain.

  • When will the Plenary Council Occur?

 Due to COVID -19 restrictions the first session will now occur in ‘hubs’ across Australia from October 3 – 10, 2021 and then in Sydney from July 4 – 9, 2022.

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In future blurbs, we will get the results of the wide ranging consultation and the discernment that has taken place as the people of Australia have sought to understand and express their faith, their desires, joys and challenges they confront within the Church in Australia.