The final assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia came to an end last Saturday, with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe reminding Members that the task of discerning what the Holy Spirit is asking of us continues throughout our lives.

In a letter to Christ’s faithful in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects on the ways the Plenary Council prayerfully sought to envision and embody a 'more missionary and Christ-centred Church in Australia’. He invites us all to engage more deeply with the fruits of the Council by reading and discussing two significant documents: the Decrees of the Council, setting out the motions that were passed, and the final summary statement from the Assembly of what occurred during the week

We've also also put together four highlights from the Assembly, unpacking the nature of the Council and some of the resolutions that, pending Rome’s approval, the Australian Church has committed to.

Discerning ways to renew and revitalise the Church’s mission was a central focus of the Council, and this week, we hear about a couple of local initiatives that are doing just that. An exciting new sacraments of initiation resource, Journeying Together, provides engaging and age-appropriate online tools to help parents accompany their children on the journey of faith formation. And in greater Geelong and Melbourne’s north, two groups of parishes have banded together to pilot the Alpha process, helping people to meet Jesus.

This week we also hear the story of Frank Di Blasi, a big-hearted man whose ethos of service has enriched the Italian community in Melbourne—especially the lives of the elderly—for many years.

At their annual conference, Melbourne’s clergy also recently had the opportunity to hear from the Archbishop of Łódz in Poland, Grzegorz Rhyś, who spoke about the nature of mission and why the Church evangelises, reflecting that mission grows out of our discovery of Christ and from a heart of mercy, not a response to crisis.

This week is also the feast day of St Bonaventure, the ‘second founder’ of the Franciscans. We take a look at three spiritual lessons we can learn from him.

Archbishop Comensoli’s letter to the faithful reflects on the Plenary Council
Written by: Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Following the Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a letter to the Church in Melbourne reflecting on the events and fruits of the Council.
Journeying Together: a new sacraments of initiation resource for the domestic Church
Written by: Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal
We announce the launch of the new Melbourne Archdiocesan sacraments of initiation resource, Journeying Together, which can be found at sacraments.melbournecatholic.org.
4 takeaways from the Plenary Council
Last week was a big one for the Catholic Church in Australia with our Fifth Plenary Council, an opportunity to collectively discern where the Holy Spirit is leading the Church. There were many highlights to the week, but here are just four takeaways.
Frank Di Blasi: celebrating a lifetime of service
Written by: Fiona Basile
Frank Di Blasi is a man with a big heart and boundless energy, especially when it comes to serving members of the Italian community in Melbourne, and beyond. The 77-year-old, originally from Vizzini in the province of Catania, Sicily, has called Melbourne home for the past 60 years. In this time, he has accumulated a very long list of works and achievements that emphasise his love for and commitment to his local community, as well as his Italian heritage and culture.
‘Mercy’ is the reason we evangelise, Polish Archbishop tells Melbourne clergy
At the 2022 Clergy Conference for Melbourne clergy, the Archbishop of Łódz, Grzegorz Rhyś, reflected on why it is the Church evangelises. We go out, he said, because we have discovered Christ and want to take part in his mission.
3 important spiritual lessons from St Bonaventure
What insights can a medieval philosopher like St Bonaventure give us today? Here we take a look at three important spiritual lessons from Bonaventure’s famous work, ‘The Journey of the Mind to God’.
Archbishop Costelloe commences as president of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Written by: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has officially taken over the presidency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, two months after being elected to the post.
‘I also think, when you give things to other people, whether it’s anything at all, to help them, to care for them, to look after them, you get back so much joy within yourself. Questa è una bella cosa. This is a beautiful thing.’
Frank Di Blasi
on his attitude to life and service
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