Consultation with Ecclesial Communities and Lay Movements
Representatives of Catholic ecclesial communities and lay movements are being invited to take part in a consultation to explore ways of identifying, networking, and supporting communities into the future.
Hosted by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM), the online event will take place on Tuesday, July 20, from 7pm to 9pm (AEST).
Archbishop Christopher Prowse (BCELM Chairperson) and Archbishop Julian Porteous (Bishops Delegate for Ecclesial Communities) will participate in the consultation, which hopes to attract individuals and groups from around Australia.
Archbishop Porteous said he hopes to see a diverse range of Australian ecclesial communities and lay movements represented at the event.
“The emergence of ecclesial movements in recent times are a gift to the Church and the Australian bishops would like to encourage and support their life and mission,” he said.
“The consultation seeks to identify ways communities and movements in Australian can network and support each other. We will listen to each other and share how the Holy Spirit is working through these ecclesial movements.
“I encourage representatives from ecclesial communities and lay movements from around Australia to register with the Commission and let us know if they can be a part of the consultation via the consultation website.”
|7.00pm||Welcome / Introduction||Archbishop Prowse|
|Acknowledgement of Country|
|7.15pm||Testimony – Reflections on the first question|
|7.25pm||First Group discussion||Clara Geoghegan|
|Take a few moments to introduce yourself||Break into small groups|
|Question 1: How can the Bishops Commission nurture and support your community’s life and mission?|
|7.50pm||3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback.||Clara Geoghegan|
|8.00pm||Pastoral message of encouragement||Archbishop Porteous|
|8.10pm||Testimony – Reflections on the second question|
|8.15pm||Second Group Discussion||Clara Geoghegan|
|Question 2: How can you support each other to enhance the life and impact of ecclesial communities in Australia?||Break into small groups|
|8.40pm||3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback.||Clara Geoghegan|
|8.50pm||Summary & Reflections|
|8.58pm||Thank you and Blessing: Archbishop Porteous||Archbishop Porteous|