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Catholic Education Western Australia Chair Eva Skira (left) with delegates at the Formation Day in September 2023. (Jamie O’Brien/The Record)

Parishes across the Perth Archdiocese were invited at the weekend to pray for the Archdiocesan Assembly to be held on Saturday, July 13. Source: The Record.

Vicar General Fr Vincent Glynn said parishes, agencies and communities across the Archdiocese were invited to pray the Archdiocesan Assembly prayer at all Masses.

An Archdiocesan Assembly is a gathering of nominated clergy, religious, and lay representatives from across diocese to discuss and deliberate on matters of pastoral importance.

“The assembly centres on establishing a Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) that reflects the way of synodality, as emphasised by Pope Francis,” Fr Glynn said.

Here, the aim is to create a council that embodies “synodality,” a collaborative approach encouraging participation from clergy, religious figures, and lay Catholics.

A formation day held last September included presentations on the nature and purpose of an Archdiocesan Assembly and a DPC. Delegates received insights into Canon Law, synodality, and the principles of deep listening and communal discernment.

Following this, the delegates embarked on a series of Listening and Discernment sessions across the Archdiocese, focusing on the themes of Communion, Mission, and Participation—pillars of a synodal church as emphasised by Pope Francis.

Fr Glynn emphasised the assembly was not just a meeting.

“It is a manifestation of our collective journey towards a more synodal Church. We are called to listen deeply, discern wisely, and act justly, guided by the Holy Spirit,” he said.

“The Archdiocese of Perth’s Archdiocesan Assembly is a landmark event, reflecting a commitment to synodality and communal discernment.

“It embodies the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia and aligns with Pope Francis’ vision for a more inclusive and participatory and missionary Church.

“Delegates from across the Archdiocese, representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives, will gather to ensure that the voice of every member is heard and valued in the Church’s mission and ministry.”


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