More than 200 people from remote and rural parts of Port Pirie Diocese in South Australia have met for the first major gathering since the announcement of the 2020 Plenary Council. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
“Looking forward in hope towards 2020” was the theme for the two-day assembly, which was attended by parishioners and clergy from all parishes across the vast geography of the diocese, as well as the diocesan and state leaders of Centacare, Catholic Education, St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Women’s League and other diocesan ministries.
The youth of the diocese were also strongly represented at the assembly, reminding the gathering that this year's Year of Youth is not just for the young, it is for everyone.
Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ was also present at the assembly.
“At a time when the rural Church in Australia faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is essential that we remember we are a people of hope and we are proud to be leading the engagement with the Plenary Council,” Bishop O'Kelly said.
“This year we celebrate our 22nd Diocesan Assembly in Port Pirie. Together, we have experienced the power of listening deeply to one another’s experiences of faith, life and the Church, as we reflected on what we think God is asking of us in Australia at this time.”
Concurrently, the Broome Diocese also gathered together for its annual leaders meeting which included clergy, pastoral and ministry leaders and catholic educators from across the diocese.
Members of the Plenary Council facilitation team attended the Broome gathering summing up the views of many that “we are excited to see the local initiatives for Plenary Council listening and dialogue encounters take shape over the coming weeks.”
The Plenary Council will be the first in held Australia since 1937 and will be held in two sessions in October 2020 and May 2021.
Photo caption: Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly, Lana Turvey-Collins, Plenary Council Facilitator, Fr Noel Connolly, Plenary Council Facilitation Team.
Port Pirie and Broome Dioceses lead the way for Plenary Council (ACBC Media Blog)