While COVID-19 saw the postponement of the inaugural Australian Catholic Bishops Conference National Catholic Men’s Gathering, some aspects of the event will proceed online in August. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The one-day gathering originally scheduled to be held in Sydney next month was postponed in April, with the expectation that a similar program would proceed in July 2021.
“As we saw the success of a range of events that shifted from face-to-face to online delivery, though, we thought it was worth reconsidering our plan to delay the gathering by 12 months,” said Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous, part of the event’s planning committee.
“People’s comfort with video technology, through the use of platforms like Zoom, has dramatically increased in recent months, so we decided to prepare and provide much of the content we’d planned to deliver in Sydney next month.”
In all, four video modules will be posted online on August 15, with prayer, music, presentations and follow-up discussion included in each of the modules.
Archbishop Porteous said the revised plan is designed with maximum flexibility in mind.
“We’re less interested in saying ‘Everyone should come online at a particular time on a particular day’ and more interested in creating content that groups of men can access in ways that fit their schedules and other commitments,” he said.
Robert Falzon, a member of the event’s planning committee said there was “no one-size-fits-all approach, which is something the pandemic has forced some of us to understand – if we didn’t already.”
Details: National Catholic Men’s Gathering.
COVID-19 sees men’s gathering go digital (ACBC Media Blog)