FIFTH PLENARY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
As children of God, disciples of Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit, the Members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia are called to develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia at this time.
‘I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.’
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 27
• How might we become a more contemplative people, committing more deeply to prayer as
• How might we better embrace the diverse liturgical traditions of the Churches which make up the Catholic Church and the cultural gifts of immigrant communities to enrich the spirituality and worship of the Church in Australia?
• How might we better form leaders for mission – adults, children and families, couples and single people?
• How might we better equip ordained ministers to be enablers of missionary discipleship: the Church becoming more a “priestly people” served by the ordained ministry?
• How might formation, both pre- and post- ordination, better foster the development of bishops, priests and deacons as enablers of the universal Christian vocation to holiness lived in missionary discipleship?
• How might parishes better become local centres for the formation and animation of missionary disciples?
• How might the Church in Australia be better structured for mission, considering the parish, the diocese, religious orders, the PJPs and new communities?
• How might the People of God, lay and ordained, women and men, approach governance in the spirit of synodality and co-responsibility for more effective proclamation of the Gospel?
• How might we recast governance at every level of the Church in Australia in a more missionary key?
• How might we better see the future of Catholic education (primary, secondary and tertiary) through a missionary lens?
• How might we better see the future of Catholic social services, agencies and health and