Proclaim 2014, a conference on the new evangelisation will be held in Sydney next month, to awaken delegates to the challenges facing the Church in Australia regarding revitalisation of parish life.
The conference theme Living the Joy of the Gospel in Parishes, applies Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Evangelii Gaudium to the parish scene.
Keynote addresses of the conference from August 21-23 include: Make Church Matter; What’s Working in Other Churches; and Moving Members from Consumers to Contributors.
Practical suggestions adopted from the book Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter will help delegates involved in parishes across Australia to live their missionary call and in doing so transform the parish.
Conference delegates will be inspired and motivated by keynote speakers, US-based authors of the book Rebuilt, Fr Michael White and Mr Tom Corcoran who worked together to bring their parish back to life at Timonium, North Baltimore, United States.
Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan described Rebuilt as one of the most important books for parish ministry in our generation.
Dr Ruth Powell, Director of National Church Life Survey (NCLS) Research and an Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University, will also deliver a keynote address.
Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Evangelisation Chairman Bishop Peter Ingham described the upcoming conference as 'an incredible opportunity for bishops, priests and
parishioners to understand the successes and challenges in parish life from the authors of Rebuilt.'
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