Catholic Mission will host its biennial mission conference in May as a precursor to Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Mission Month in October.
The “Mission: one heart many voices” conference will take place at the SMC Conference and Function Centre in Sydney from May 13-15, five months before the Extraordinary Missionary Month, declared by Pope Francis in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter, Maximum Ilud.
“The intention behind Pope Francis’ call for an Extraordinary Missionary Month is to nurture a spirit of missionary transformation in each of us personally as well the Church’s life and pastoral activity,” said Peter Gates, deputy national director of Catholic Mission, which organises the conference jointly with Catholic Religious Australia.
“This conference is a critical opportunity for participants to prepare for this extraordinary time.”
Dr Carol Zinn SSJ, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, will headline the conference, sharing her unique insight on education, business and international non-government organisations.
She will be joined by the Irish prelate and Pontifical Council for Culture secretary Bishop Paul Tighe, Catholic Indigenous leader Ravina Waldren, and child sexual abuse royal commission commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, among a host of other presenters and workshop facilitators.
More than 450 delegates are expected at the conference, which will include a strong creative arts element, interactive workshops and masterclasses, and a focus on radical inclusion, encounter and dialogue.
“It is an environment designed to offer inspiration and energy for living the joy of the Gospel and leading mission coupled with practical learning and experience that enables improved quality of work and ministry,” Mr Gates said.
Mission conference the perfect prelude to an extraordinary month (Catholic Mission)