01 Sep 2021
Pivotal time for local Church
The Southern Cross | September 2021
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan has reiterated the importance of the forthcoming Diocesan Assembly in shaping the Adelaide Archdiocese’s contribution and response to the historic Plenary Council.
More than 450 people from parishes, communities, schools, agencies, religious orders and groups will participate in the local assembly, to be held over three sessions from September 17.
Archbishop O’Regan said the sessions would provide an opportunity for Adelaide’s eight Plenary Council members to hear the voices of the local community.
“They will not going to the Plenary as one person, but as representatives of the Adelaide Archdiocese,” he said.
“The other aspect of the assembly is the formation of a Diocesan Pastoral Council which will be responsible for implementing the vision of the Plenary Council when it concludes next year.”
More than 1300 responses were submitted as part of the consultation process and will help form the broad discussion themes for the assembly agenda.
Diocesan Assembly coordinator Peter Bierer said the responses were evenly distributed among age groups.
Themes included: faith formation opportunities; outreach to young people, children and families; lay leadership, especially women’s leadership possibilities; becoming welcoming and inclusive communities; cultural and multicultural communities; clergy; governance; parish life; Diocesan services; communication and technology; adapting to a changing world; liturgy, prayer and spirituality; responding to victims of abuse; addressing social issues; social justice and action.
“From here, we will analyse the responses along with the Plenary Council responses from Adelaide,” Mr Bierer said.
“Then we will develop broad discussion themes for the Diocesan Assembly that will address our local community and reflect into the national agenda for the Plenary Council.”
The Diocesan Assembly will be hosted by Cabra Dominican College on Friday September 17 (evening) and Saturday September 18, with a closing session on Thursday September 23 at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood.
Picture: Pauline Connelly, Director of Centacare Catholic Family Services and Neil MGoran director of Catholic Education SA.