Broken Bay Diocese is preparing for the Plenary Council 2020 by training 140 leaders from parishes, schools and agencies to lead and facilitate listening and dialogue sessions in their communities. Source: Broken Bay News.
Training days were held on August 3 and 4 to equip "local animators", recognised and selected by their local communities, to facilitate Plenary Council listening and dialogue sessions in coming weeks. It is these sessions, being held nationwide, that will shape the agenda of the Plenary Council as it considers the future of the Church in Australia.
Opened by Daniel Ang, Broken Bay's director of the Office for Evangelisation, the training days included background information on the Plenary Council and addressed the practical role of the local animator in bringing life to dialogue and discernment in community sessions.
Leaders from Wollongong Diocese, Sydney Archdiocese and the Syro-Malabar community also joined the training days, enriching the gathering by their questions and feedback.
“The intent of the days together was not simply to provide information but inspiration, to affirm our shared belief that God continues to speak to the Church today and guide the Church through the Holy Spirit,” Mr Ang said.
“The Church has always gathered at moments of important decision, to tune in to what the Spirit is saying and to respond. We have arrived at one of those moments.”
National Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins provided a thorough introduction to the listening guides and dialogue process that has been designed to support local conversations.
Simon Hyland, leader of liturgy and retreats at St Augustine’s College, said the training day was a positive experience.
“I felt a sense of excitement and hope for the future and it was wonderful to begin the dialogue around the question, ‘What do you think God is asking of us in our particular context?’ I had a fruitful discussion with other leaders from parishes and schools and felt a sense of awe as God’s Spirit guided our thoughts and conversations throughout the day. I’m looking forward to bringing this process back to the college where I work.”
Broken Bay Equipping its People for Plenary Council (Broken Bay Diocese)