Ecclesial Communities Consultation

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Consultation with Ecclesial Communities and Lay Movements

Representatives of Catholic ecclesial communities and lay movements are being invited to take part in a consultation to explore ways of identifying, networking, and supporting communities into the future.

Hosted by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM), the online event will take place on Tuesday, July 20, from 7pm to 9pm (AEST).

Archbishop Christopher Prowse (BCELM Chairperson) and Archbishop Julian Porteous (Bishops Delegate for Ecclesial Communities) will participate in the consultation, which hopes to attract individuals and groups from around Australia.

Archbishop Porteous said he hopes to see a diverse range of Australian ecclesial communities and lay movements represented at the event.

“The emergence of ecclesial movements in recent times are a gift to the Church and the Australian bishops would like to encourage and support their life and mission,” he said.

“The consultation seeks to identify ways communities and movements in Australian can network and support each other. We will listen to each other and share how the Holy Spirit is working through these ecclesial movements.

“I encourage representatives from ecclesial communities and lay movements from around Australia to register with the Commission and let us know if they can be a part of the consultation via the consultation website.”

DRAFT Program

Time Program Speaker
7.00pm Welcome / Introduction Archbishop Prowse
  Acknowledgement of Country  
7.10pm   Prayer  
7.15pm Testimony – Reflections on the first question  
7.25pm First Group discussion Clara Geoghegan
  Take a few moments to introduce yourself Break into small groups
  Question 1: How can the Bishops Commission nurture and support your community’s life and mission?  
7.50pm 3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback. Clara Geoghegan
  All group asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.00pm Pastoral message of encouragement Archbishop Porteous
8.05pm Prayer  
8.10pm Testimony – Reflections on the second question  
8.15pm Second Group Discussion Clara Geoghegan
  Question 2: How can you support each other to enhance the life and impact of ecclesial communities in Australia? Break into small groups
8.40pm 3-4 groups invited to give verbal feedback. Clara Geoghegan
  All group asked to share groups response in chat of email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
8.50pm Summary & Reflections  
8.58pm Thank you and Blessing: Archbishop Porteous Archbishop Porteous
9:00pm Finish  

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