Australia's fifth Plenary Council is finally underway, with all 278 members gathering online from across the country for daily discernment and discussion on the Council's 16-point agenda. If you've missed the daily livestreams, catch up on some of the key themes and stories below. Also in this week's round up of stories is our interview with Bishop Terry Curtin, who recently celebrated 50 years of priesthood. He takes us down memory lane and shares how his vocation began at an early age and was prayerfully encouraged by friends and family.
This weekend we celebrate Life, Marriage and Family Sunday in our Archdiocese. It's a time to celebrate the vital role that families play in building up flourishing homes, parishes and societies. While we cannot gather physically, parishes may like to share these special prayers with their community. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has also recorded a special video message, in which he highlights the central role of the family and offers a blessing for all those celebrating significant wedding anniversaries.
Finally, next Thursday we begin the free virtual lecture series "The Catholic Contribution", presented by one of the most pre-eminent thinkers in moral philosophy and education, Professor John Haldane. The six-part lecture series will explore the development and self-understanding of Roman Catholicism and its contribution culturally, historically and philosophically to the understanding of human nature. Don't miss out!