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Fr Vincent Glynn holds the Missal at the Mass where the diocesan assembly was launched (Perth Archdiocese/Ron Tan)

Perth Archdiocese has officially launched its 2023-24 Diocesan Assembly at St Mary’s Cathedral, with Catholic communities across the archdiocese invited to select delegates for the assembly in July 2024. Source: The Record.

Fr Vincent Glynn, the Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation, launched the assembly on June 4 on behalf of Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.

Fr Glynn explained that the assembly comes out of the recent Plenary Council held by the Church of Australia in 2021 and 2022.

“The call of the Plenary Council was for all the Church to open our hearts to listening and discerning where the voice of the Holy Spirit was leading the Church,” Fr Glynn said.

“The Plenary Council affirmed that the way the Church should be governed is in a synodal manner, with the appropriate participation of those who are baptised.

“This is certainly also in the heart and mind of Pope Francis, who is also calling for all the Church to be open and to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit with open hearts,” he said.

About 1300 people attended the Trinity Sunday Mass, following the announcement by Archbishop Costelloe in April that he would hold a Diocesan Assembly. Originally scheduled for September, the assembly will now be held in July 2024, with letters for the calling of delegates to be distributed in the coming weeks.

Speaking in his homily for the Mass, Fr Glynn said the journey towards a Diocesan Assembly has already begun.

“After today parishes, clergy, agencies, religious orders, education providers, youth will be among groups of the Archdiocese who will be asked to select members who will commit to the journey of this assembly,” Fr Glynn said.

“Those participating will be called to discern and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”


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