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BCELM National Conference

Launch of National Online Conference for Evangelisation: October 20-22

The Australian Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM) will host a national online conference on evangelisation from October 20-22.

The conference will promote understanding and explore practices of evangelisation in Australia through encounters with Christ, formation in discipleship, and mission in the world (BCELM mandate).

Opening with a reflection on the Plenary Council and Australian reports to the General Synod on Synodality, the conference will progress to explore personal experiences and local strategies of evangelisation

BCELM Delegate for Evangelisation and Vice President of the Plenary Council, Bishop Shane Mackinlay, believes the conference will empower Catholics to carry forward the Church’s evangelising mission after the second assembly of the Plenary Council.

“Through the Plenary Council journey and more recently through the reflections for the General Synod on Synodality, we have encountered Christ and the Holy Spirit at work in personal lives and communities around Australia,” he said. “The national conference for evangelisation seeks to highlight this local engagement, empower local dialogue and action toward evangelisation.

“We have decided to host an online gathering to ensure the conversation and content is more accessible to Catholics around Australia, regardless of their geographical location, available time or resources.”

Following the opening session in the evening of Thursday, October 20, the conference will feature two live online gatherings on both Friday, October 21 and and Saturday, October 22. Morning sessions, followed by a variety of conversation starters, will nurture Church leadership and community ministries. Afternoon and evening sessions explore the personal baptismal call of all Catholics to live the Church’s evangelising mission in the world, exploring family, ecology, public life, new media, cultural engagement and much more.

BCELM Chairperson Archbishop Christopher Prowse said he was excited about the opportunities the conference would provide to explore the understanding, language and diversity of evangelisation in Australia, while empowering local dialogue and action.

“Evangelisation begins with an encounter with Jesus Christ, is nurtured through discipleship in our worshiping communities, and calls us all to be missionary in the world,” he said. “This responsibility is not just for those in leadership, but for all.

“This conference for evangelisation will highlight the interconnection of the missionary call of each baptised person and dynamic faith communities in fulfilling the Church’s mission to evangelise. Local communities are encouraged to host gatherings to be a part of the conference dialogue.”

Clara Geoghegan, BCELM Executive Secretary, highlighted how the conference is a new dynamic within a newly-structured Bishops Conference.

“This conference demonstrates the Australian bishops’ desire for ongoing local dialogue and making national conversations more accessible,” Ms Geoghegan said.

“It consolidates previous individual national conferences for evangelisation, youth ministers, women, men and other fields of ministry. It reduces costs for everyone involved, brings national and world-leading content into our local communities and empowers local dialogue and action which can help carry our Church forward into the future.”

Conference details can be found at www.evagelisation.catholic.org.au.

Youth Ministries Consultation

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Consultation for National Youth Ministry Network

Representatives of Australian Catholic youth and young adult ministries are invited to take part in a consultation to explore the establishment of a new national network.

Hosted by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM), with the Australian network of diocesan youth ministry coordinators (ANDYMC), the online event will take place on Thursday 25 November, from 7pm to 9pm AEDT.

Archbishop Christopher Prowse (BCELM Chairperson) and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE (Bishops Delegate for Youth) will participate in the consultation, which hopes to attract representatives from youth and young adult ministries in dioceses, religious orders, ecclesial communities, universities, schools, and organisations from around Australia.

Bishop Macbeth-Green said he hopes to welcome leaders of the diverse youth and young adult ministries from around Australia to explore how we can journey forward together.

“Although challenging, the decision to close the ACBC youth council and office in late 2019 was made in the knowledge of the synodal strength of ministry with young people in Australia, established in a particular way through collaborations on the national youth festival and world youth days” he said.

“The BCELM invited ANDYMC to consider establishing a national network for all youth and young adult ministries, building on this collegiality, to which they have been working for the past 18 months. When gathered, we will listen to each other and the Holy Spirit as we consider how to continue to build on the strength and diversity of our ministries in Australia.”

Peter Bierer, executive officer of ANDYMC, expressed his excitement at the prospect of this new synodal approach to youth ministry in Australia.

“This consultation is an opportunity for youth and young adult ministries to reconnect nationally for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and discern a way of journeying together into the future,” he said.

“This collaboration with the BCELM and a newly established network is a great example of the co-responsibility and synodality prompted through the Plenary Council.”

The BCELM plans to work with the new network to support local resources and initiatives for the ongoing accompaniment of young people and growth of ministries in Australia.

To register your interest in participating in the consultation, visit www.nce.catholic.org.au/youth

DRAFT Program - Thursday 25 November, from 7pm to 9pm AEDT
7pm-9pm: NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas; 6:30pm-8:30pm: SA; 6pm-8pm: QLD; 5:30pm-7:30pm: NT; 4pm-6pm: WA

Time Program Speaker
6.50pm Log in / Preparation and Orientation  
7.00pm Welcome / Introduction Archbishop Prowse
  Acknowledgement of Country  
7.10pm   Prayer  
7.15pm Testimony – Reflection on the first question  Youth Ministry Leader
7.25pm First Group discussion  
  Take a few moments to introduce yourself Break into small groups
  Question 1: What does it look like when the leaders of the young Church in Australia are journeying together?  
7.50pm 3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback.  
  All groups asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.00pm Pastoral message of encouragement Bishop Macbeth-Green
8.05pm Prayer  
8.10pm Testimony – Reflection on the second question  Youth Ministry Leader
8.15pm Second Group Discussion  
  Question 2: What are the possible obstacles to a healthy network? What contributions could you make to this network? Break into small groups
8.40pm 3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback.  
  All groups asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.50pm Summary and Reflections  Youth Ministry Leader
8.58pm Thank you and Blessing Bishop Macbeth-Green
9:00pm Finish  

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Ecclesial Communities Consultation

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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.”

DRAFT Program

Time Program Speaker
7.00pm Welcome / Introduction Archbishop Prowse
  Acknowledgement of Country  
7.10pm   Prayer  
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
  All group asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.00pm Pastoral message of encouragement Archbishop Porteous
8.05pm Prayer  
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
  All group asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.50pm Summary & Reflections  
8.58pm Thank you and Blessing: Archbishop Porteous Archbishop Porteous
9:00pm Finish  

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Catholic Men's Gathering - Promotion

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Parishes and individuals are encouraged to use the following resources to help promote the Australian Catholic Men's Gathering: 

Below you will find a range of posts and images, which we encourage you to share on social media platforms.

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Registrations for the 2021 Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering are open!
Building on the success of last year’s event, the 2021 gathering will feature all new content and three new speakers!
Launching nationally on July 31!
For more information and to register, go to www.catholicmensgathering.com.au

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The event will feature three main sessions, on the following topics:
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Man of Service
Man of Character
For more information and to register, go to www.catholicmensgathering.com.au

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Speaker Post 1:

Introducing the first speaker for the 2021 Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering!Tim Davis FB
Tim Davis grew up in regional South Australia and after finishing an Education degree he moved to Melbourne to teach and study theology. Married with four children, Tim is striving to serve God and His Church; to love his wife and children, while teaching Catholic studies at St John Paul College. When time permits he can also be found surfing some of his local breaks.
For more information and to register, go to www.catholicmensgathering.com.au

Speaker Post 2:

Introducing the second speaker for the 2021 Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering!Shayne Bennett FB
Shayne Bennett is a married father of three, and grandfather of 11! Shayne has worked in the Church for more than 40 years, devoting his life to the Church’s mission with a special focus on initiatives in youth evangelisation, pastoral formation and the development of lay communities.
Shayne currently shares his time between @NETMinistries, where he has the role of Mission Director, and the @hssqld where he is Director of Mission and Faith Formation.
For more information and to register, go to www.catholicmensgathering.com.au

Speaker Post 3:

Introducing the third speaker for the 2021 Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering!Tomasz Juszcak FB
Tomasz Juszczak is husband to Sarah and father of three young children. Originally from Poland, he has spent most of his life in Sydney where he currently works as the Director of Evangelisation in the @BrokenBayDiocese. Tomasz has a background in youth ministry and a passion for spreading the Gospel message of love and life to others. He is a lay member of the Immaculata Community and holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
For more information and to register, go to www.catholicmensgathering.com.au

Australian Catholic Men's Gathering 2021

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Launching nationally online from Saturday 31 July 2021

The Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering aims to inspire and encourage all men with a vision for personal discipleship, service and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world. The 2020 event saw approximately 1000 men gather across the nation at 42 hosting sites.

In this Year of St Joseph, the Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering is again being offered as a free event for registered participants. All dioceses across Australia are invited to participate in the 2021 program which will focus on St Joseph and will include a pre-recorded introductory session, three pre-recorded sessions, and a final commissioning, all available from Saturday 31 July 2021.

You can participate individually or gather with others from your parish/diocese or men’s ministry group. The sessions are designed so that they can be used on one full day or across a number of days and they can be integrated with local initiatives such as Mass, testimonies and group discussions.

Individual registration will ensure you receive updates about the program and all links to the pre-recorded videos when they are available.

Registration is available belowWhen registering, please note the need to agree to the terms and conditions.

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Terms and Conditions

By registering for the National Catholic Men’s Gathering (NCMG) an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC);

  • I understand the NCMG will collect and utilise my details in accordance with the ACBC Privacy Policy. I consent for my details to be shared where necessary to facilitate the event including, but not limited, to Catholic Diocesan staff and hosting venues.
  • I understand local Hosting Sites (online or venues) are not facilitated by or the responsibility of the ACBC. I indemnify and release the ACBC and their officers, employees, volunteers and agents against claims and losses of any kind arising out of or in connection with my participation in local Hosting Sites.
  • I agree to receive ongoing communications from the ACBC and I understand I can amend my subscription preferences at any stage

Leadership for Mission Program - 2021-2022

Recently acknowledged by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life as promoting “best practice” in lay formation, Leadership for Mission is a joint initiative of the Australian Catholic bishops’ National Centre for Evangelisation and Australian Catholic University with the support of Catholic Mission.

It is designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person. The program offers both academic and formative opportunities for young Catholic women aspiring to be leaders in their chosen fields of endeavour.

“Leadership for Mission to me is encountering Christ in the face of Catholic women leaders through immersion in academic study and mission. I’m deeply grateful for the knowledge and collaboration and I strongly recommend it to other women!”

Natalia Teguhputri
Leadership for Mission Graduate, 2018

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

This is a part-time program structured across three residential sessions in North Sydney, supported through ACU’s online learning management system. Airfares, accommodation and meals are provided.

The academic component of this program consists of a total of 40 credit points (cp), comprising three compulsory units (10 cp each) along with various exposures and experiences and a purposefully tailored introductory module that provides theological frameworks for learning across the other units (10cp). Upon completion, students will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies by ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

13 February 2021 3 – 6pm Introductory Formation online module (first formal gathering and introduction to the academic and formation team. Includes dialogue with all participants)

18 – 21 March 2021 Unit 1: Interpreting the Bible for Leadership and Mission (Residential)

19 –22 August 2021 Unit 2: Theology for the Future: Reimagining Leadership (Residential)

17 – 20 March 2022 Unit 3: Theology as Leadership for Mission (Residential)

Participants will gather for the September/October 2022 graduations (date to be confirmed) and participate in a final formation session.

Necessary provisions will be put in place if COVID-19 restrictions prevent the residential sessions taking place.

ELIGIBILITY

This program is open to women aged between 25 and 35 with diverse personal and professional experiences from across Australia. As this is a graduate program, participants will need to have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in advance.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants are required to provide a one-page curriculum vitae, a copy of their academic transcript and a one-page statement reflecting on their:

  • personal commitment to the Catholic faith
  • commitment to improving the quality of life for others
  • potential to engage in critical thinking about their own religious tradition
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • capacity to engage in a leadership role

They will also be required to submit two referee reports – one of whom should be a Catholic in a key leadership role in their parish or Church organisation.

Applications are to be submitted to Ms Sharon Brewer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With limited places left for the 2021/2022 program, applications will be received and interviews conducted until all places are filled. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

PROGRAM COST

This is a sponsored program. However, participants will be required to contribute $4,500 towards the cost of the program. Students will be invoiced in three instalments of $1500, payable at the commencement of the three units. Queries relating to payment can be discussed at the interview stage.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Collaborating partners of the Leadership for Mission program include:

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference


ACBC Logo“For the good of society as a whole, it is critical that we raise up Catholic women leaders who will bring the Good News of Christ into the multitude of forums that they enter. This graduate program provides an opportunity for a group of young women to receive excellent academic and formative input, as well as the chance to build strong and supportive relationships with other Catholic women.”

Bishop Michael Morrissey
Bishop Delegate for Women

NCE logoThe Leadership for Mission program is coordinated by the ACBC’s National Centre for Evangelisation 

 

Australian Catholic University


ACU LOGO“The young women in this course are inspiring. They are influencers within and beyond the Church, within and beyond Australia, committed to a way of being in the world that is bold, intelligent, contemplative, practical. Want to hear what women see, know and feel when they think about leading for mission today? This is the space to learn with and from each other.”

Dr Janine Luttick
Lecturer Biblical Studies
Australian Catholic University

Catholic Mission

CM Logo“The work of mission engages everyone in the Church. In Paragraph 103 of Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis states ‘we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church’. This structured program of formation, specifically for young women, lays the foundation for a greater involvement of women in leadership and decision-making at all levels of the Church.”

Fr Brian Lucas
National Director, Australia

Leadership for Mission Program

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Details relating to the academic components, the application process, sponsorship and participant’s contribution can be found here.

Please note: This program was due to commence in 2020, but due to COVID-19 restrictions has been deferred until 2021.

Further information: Sharon Brewer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0466 013 534

Potential sponsors or agencies wishing to support employees through this program are also welcome to contact Sharon.

To read Natalia Teguhputri’s story go here.    

Images: Supplied by ACU and NCE

 

Catholic Women Consultation

CATHOLIC WOMEN CONSULTATION 2021

Catholic women are being invited to participate in an online national consultation on March 27th, with the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry.

The consultation invites women to articulate and celebrate their contribution and vision for the mission of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Archbishop Christopher Prowse (BCELM Chairperson) and Bishop Michael Morrisey (Bishops Delegate for Women) will be present for the meeting to hear the voice of Catholic Women from around Australia.

Bishop Michael Morrissey said he is looking forward to hearing from Catholic women from across the country.

“The thoughts, the voices and the actions of women within the Catholic Church are absolutely central to our life and mission, and the national consultation invites a sharing and listening that will benefit the whole Church,” he said.

“All the bishops have women acting in senior roles within their dioceses; this conversation provides another forum for broader national conversation.”

Clara Geoghegan, the executive secretary of the Bishops Commission and one of the organisers of the consultation, said women she had spoken with were supportive of the idea of a national conversation.

“Our Church has become increasingly comfortable with the notion of listening and dialogue, in part because of the Plenary Council’s invitation to engage in that way,” she said.

“Women are looking forward to the opportunity to speak with the two bishops and with one another and, as invited by the great document Gaudium et Spes, to share their joys and their hopes, their griefs and their anxieties, for the Church in Australia.” 

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