Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

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An invitation to the 14th National eConference

This 14th National eConference will focus on engaging communities around Australia in a landmark discussion around the future vision and direction for the Catholic Church in Australia. 

Speakers at this year's eConference will focus on models of leadership in the contemporary Church, draw fresh insights from Pope Francis' vision of synodality and examine how the upcoming Plenary Council may help promote a more inclusive, dialogical Church. 

Parish:           Nazareth Parish – Anglesea, Grovedale, Torquay

Date:              Tuesday Aug 14…and repeated Tuesday Aug 21

Time:             9.30 am for coffee, starting at 10am, continuing through to 5pm

Address:       Community Room

                        Star of the Sea Retirement Village
                        1 Headland Drive, Torquay North 

Catering:      Please bring a plate for a shared lunch. Tea and coffee provided

The eConference runs all day with appropriate breaks, so please come along to a full session, or if it works better for you come to half on Aug 14 and half on Aug 21.

RSVP:             Dick Danckert on    0400579823

                        Veronica Biddle on 0407870526

Those who have participated in previous eConferences have usually commented how much they enjoyed the opportunity to hear some excellent speakers and to be challenged by their knowledge. 

Why not come along and see what your reaction is? No questions asked if you decide it’s not for you and choose to leave at any stage.


 Conference program 

Welcome (Opening Prayer; Acknowledgement of Country) 

Session 1:     Archbishop Mark ColeridgeArchbishop of Brisbane and Chair of the Bishops Commission for the 2020 Plenary Council.
Topic: Leaders that Listen: Synodality in Practice.

Session 2:     Mrs Lana Turvey-Collins, Plenary Council Facilitator 
Topic: Synodality in Practice-Preparing for the Australian Plenary Council.

Session 3:     Professor Massimo Faggioli Professor of Historical Theology, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA and Conjoint Professor, BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education.
Topic: Structures of Synodality: Insights from Pope Francis.

Morning Tea

Session 4:     Professor Richard Lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College, USA.
Topic: Changes and the Church Traditions.
Session 5:     Dr Gemma Cruz, Senior Lecturer, School of Theology, Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University
Topic: Synodality, Community and the Margins 

Lunch and facilitator's discussion break 

Q&A Panel
Facilitated by ABC Religion Presenter Noel Debien

Closing prayer & thanks