Plenary Council Closing Address
President of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB, closed the First Assembly with the following address:
The doors of the building are locked, but the Church is still open for business
There is no doubt that the last 18 months or so have been challenging. Negotiating the rules around restrictions let alone applying them takes energy. For many businesses this has seen a downturn in their trade at the door. For others their businesses have never been healthier as they explore new ways to service their customer base. This, as we know, has seen so many businesses trade more and more through the virtual and online platforms.
Plenary members present final reports of First Assembly
Archbishop Costelloe: 'Pray with us and for us'
Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB is inviting Catholics across Australia to pray with and pray for Council members during the upcoming first general assembly.
Opening Plenary: Three things you might have missed
On Monday 4 October, the Opening Plenary Session kicked off the main portion of the Plenary Council's First Assembly. For those who weren't tuned into the live stream, here are three highlights you missed.
Fifth Plenary Council of Australia | Opening Mass Homily
As part of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia's Opening Mass, the Archbishop of Perth Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB delivered a homily about what God is asking of us in Australia.
A voice for youth: Plenary Council’s youngest member looks ahead to historic gathering
A quietly-spoken 20-year-old university student and youth minister from the regional New South Wales city of Orange is set to make history as the youngest member of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
The journey towards the Plenary Council
This is a truly exciting time for the Catholic Church in Australia. The first of two gatherings being held as part of our Plenary Council, the first of its kind in 84 years, commences on Sunday 3 October 2021. The Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of the church across the country and brings together Catholics of many different backgrounds, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern what God is asking of the Church in Australia. At the end of this long period of listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through the voices of the faithful, Australia’s bishops will vote on any future directions for the Church in our country.