Perth delegates start to prepare for Plenary Council

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB with Perth Plenary Council delegates Dr Angela McCarthy and Dr Marco Ceccarelli (The Record/Matthew Lau)

Perth’s Plenary Council delegates met for the first time last week at St Mary’s Cathedral, meeting as a time of communion, preparation and instruction before the first Plenary assembly in 2021. Source: The Record.

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB told delegates that the key to what Catholics can and must do to contribute to the rebuilding and renewing the Church lies in careful consideration of what fidelity to the Lord and the Lord’s will for the Church look like.

The Plenary 2020 delegates will represent the Archdiocese of Perth at the two Assemblies, the first in October 2021 and the second in July 2022.

The gathering last week was also an opportunity for Archbishop Costelloe to launch a new paper, titled A Journey of Discernment, which will be published in the coming weeks.

“The word ‘discernment’ captures perfectly the task in which we are engaged and to which we are called to continue to commit ourselves,” Archbishop Costelloe said.

He said the “end” process of the Plenary Council will be what unfolds in each diocese and in each local Catholic community, as the fruits of the Council take root and flourish.

“I just hope and dream of a local Church that is faithful to what Jesus wants of his Church.

“Personally, I think that if we, as a Church, come out on the other side of the Plenary Council and we haven’t grown our faith [as a Church] then I think the Plenary would have been a waste of time,” he said.


PLENARY COUNCIL: Discernment captures perfectly the task (By Eric Martin, The Record

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