Parish leadership

Leaning Into...

Director's message (July 2018): "The Israeli museum holds in their permanent collection the hauntingly beautiful painting by Rembrandt van Rijn of St. Peter in Prison (or St. Peter Kneeling). St Peter has been arrested and is painted in a prison cell in Jerusalem. The figure of St Peter is bathed in soft light although his surroundings are in darkness. ... All is not dark; all is not lost. There is a potential for transformation." 
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Proclaim – coming to Melbourne in 2020!

The theme of this year’s Conference is “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4). There were four keynote addresses (Cardinal John Dew: Leadership in a time of change; Ron Huntley: Culture Change; Karolina Gunsser: Integrating Young People; and Lana Turvey-Collins: Plenary Council 2020). Each keynote was supported by an Expert Discussion Panel which broadly picked up the themes of the keynotes and participants were allocated to facilitated conversation groups.

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WATCH: Christian leaders must learn the skill of Discernment

In reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of exercising Christian leadership, Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan (Associate Dean, Catholic Theological College) talked about the importance of discernment. "Discernment is about my experience of the Holy Spirit and that of the community. ... We go into this Synod not knowing what the future holds for us and yet it's in faith that we walk into that future." A timely message as we venture through this listening and dialogue phase of the Plenary Council 2020. 


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WATCH: Fr Max Vodola talks about the Sensus Fidei

Over four weeks in May, the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne hosted a lecture series exploring Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. To assist in the ongoing formation of parish leadership teams, these sessions can be watched and come with discussion questions. 


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Plenary Council 2020 Briefing Sessions

The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation is hosting a number of information sessions around the Archdiocese in the month of August. These sessions will offer an overview of the Plenary process and ways that people can take part in this listening and dialogue phase. Anyone interested in learning more about the Plenary Council 2020 is invited to come along and bring fellow parishioners, family members, colleagues and friends.

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Archbishop-elect Comensoli’s message to Melbourne

Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. Archbishop Hart will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of Archbishop-elect Comensoli on Wednesday 1 August. Watch Archbishop-elect Comensoli's message to the people of Melbourne >

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2018 Liturgical Formation Dates

July & August --- In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes the parish as “an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration ... the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers.” To support parishes in this mission, the following workshops are offered for liturgy teams, parish groups and all those serving or interested in parish ministry. View upcoming workshop dates >

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Plenary Council 2020

The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?

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Christian Leadership in the 21st Century

Wednesdays 9, 16, 23, 30 May --- The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne is hosting a four-week lecture series on Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. Explore scripture, church history, pastoral research and the joys and challenges of leading in a changing environment. Speakers include Dr Trudy Dantis, Ms Cathy Jenkins, Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan, Rev. Dr Francis Moloney SDB and Rev. Dr Max Vodola.  

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Sparks of Beauty Program 2018

Thursday 26 April --- Sparks of Beauty continues this April, as Vatican astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ shares the wonders of exploring the skies: “Only by discovering other planets, do we have a really good idea of understanding what it is to be a planet. ... Only by discovering life elsewhere will we really understand what makes life, life."  The Sparks of Beauty program seeks to provide a space for an imaginative conversation about what it means to be ‘spiritual’ in 21st century Australia—and what we can learn from the fields of art, science, literature, sports and music. 

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