A national committee has been established to support the Church in Australia as it prepares to join an international consultation process in the lead-up to the 2023 Synod of Bishops. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The Pope will launch the global process next month in Rome, with dioceses to launch a months-long period of consultation on October 17, followed by national and regional consultation.
Trudy Dantis, the director of the National Centre for Pastoral Research, has been appointed to lead the Australian engagement with the Holy See.
Other members of the national committee are Daniel Ang, director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation; Bishops Conference general secretary Fr Stephen Hackett MSC; Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research chair Professor Gabrielle McMullen; Diocese of Sale liturgy and pastoral ministry coordinator Sophy Morley; and Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins.
The committee is being supported by staff from the National Centre for Pastoral Research.
Guided by the Synod’s preparatory documents, the committee will invite Catholics to respond to a series of questions via a web portal.
“The questions we ask will seek to understand how the Church in Australia has practised, and is practising, synodality – the process of walking together,” Dr Dantis said.
Dr Dantis oversaw the collection and analysis of the 17,500 submissions received during the Listening and Dialogue phase of Plenary Council – including the preparation of reports for each diocese. That significant body of work will also inform the local consultation for the Synod of Bishops.
Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge recently participated in a video conference with staff from the Synod of Bishops office in Rome.
“It is clear that they have been following the journey of the Australian Plenary Council with interest and seeking to learn from it,” he said.
National committee begins work on Synod of Bishops process (ACBC Media Blog)