Phase One – Listening and Dialogue

In October 2020, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Plenary Council to be held since the Second Vatican Council. In 2018, the entire People of God in Australia began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God, by listening to one another’s stories of faith.

How did we get here?

More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council.

The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. This gathered data also reveals some deeper hopes and questions, and the diverse yearnings, that we are now challenged to consider together.

Listening and Dialogue small groups were held in our parish in February, 2019. The results of these discussions were submitted to the Council and contributed to the National Themes for Discernment.

The second phase of the process began on Pentecost Sunday with the announcement of those themes.

Visit the National website for more information.