Time to hit the refresh button: Archbishop Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Coleridge at Proclaim yesterday (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

This is a spirit moment for the Church, Archbishop Mark Coleridge told a national evangelisation conference yesterday, challenging delegates to renew and rejuvenate the Church in Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

“I am intensely conscious as I sat amongst you that I face the danger of being pale, male and stale,” Archbishop Coleridge said yesterday on the opening day of the Proclaim conference in Brisbane.

“Here at Proclaim what we set ourselves to do is to press the refresh button in the Church right across the nation.”

More than 600 delegates are attending the three-day conference, with an agenda to explore new ways of contemplating the face of Christ in community and to find new mission pathways.

The goal is to engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas – leadership, culture change, young people, belonging and evangelisation.

Drawing on the example of the young Thai soccer team and their coach trapped in a cave for two weeks, the Brisbane Archbishop said we were all intensely moved by the story, and overjoyed by their rescue.

“Because it is the truth of the human situation. Those boys are you and me. Others come to their rescue and finally they are set free,” he said.

“We, the human race, are trapped. We mightn’t even recognise it, but this is the truth at least as the scripture has it. And we can do absolutely nothing down there in the darkness but wait and hope that someone comes.

“God comes to our rescue through Jesus who dies so that we might live. This is the good news that we have to proclaim.”

Keynote speaker New Zealand Cardinal John Dew from Wellington Archdiocese spoke about “leadership in a time of change”.

“The Pope is encouraging us to go out of our buildings and find those on the peripheries. The poor, the imprisoned and the sick are unlikely to come to us,” Cardinal Dew said

“We are to see the Lord in the marginalised and serve Him through our service to them. We are to go out and ‘do’, not stay in church and write reports,” he said.


Proclaim Conference explores new ways of contemplating the face of Christ (The Catholic Leader)

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