Pope Francis encourages Catholics to deepen their understanding and love of the liturgy through continuing formation, stating that ‘liturgy is a life that forms, not an idea to be learnt’. The National Biennial Liturgy Conference will offer such formation, in line with Plenary Council discernment, with an aptly titled theme of ‘Liturgy: Forming a Prayerful and Eucharistic Church’.
Held 12-14 March 2020 at Novotel Parramatta, this year’s conference looks at liturgy and the local worshipping community.
Keynote speaker Fr Paul Turner, a sought-after theologian and Cathedral pastor from Kansas USA, will take up some of the Australian Plenary Council themes in his highly entertaining and well-rounded style. The Church of Maitland-Newcastle draws much in theological wisdom from Fr Paul’s prolific writings, so an opportunity to access this internationally renowned speaker, within the local proximity of Sydney, is not to be missed.
With an emphasis on local worshipping communities, the conference’s 18 workshops focus on preparing, understanding and celebrating the liturgy as well as exercising liturgical ministry. The presentations aim to link sound principles with the lived liturgical experience, offering participants formation models for schools and parishes in their local communities
Presenters are drawn from across Australia and as locally as our own Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC). Maitland-Newcastle DLC members, Fr Andrew Doohan, Uta France, Cathy White and Louise Gannon rsj, will focus on lay preaching in liturgy. Please check the conference program at link below to view the range of workshops, all of which resonate strongly in our current synodal and plenary environment.
Conference events include dinner with entertainment as well as a music recital. Accommodation is available at the conference venue with participant rooms set aside for a limited period. Anyone interested in liturgical ministry in schools, parishes or worship communities is encouraged to seize the opportunity of Early Bird Registration by 1 February 2020.
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