Plenary Council 2021

Dates for Plenary Council assemblies

The two assemblies will be held in Adelaide from 3-10 October, 2021 and in Sydney from 4-9 July, 2022.

The Agenda is out!

The agenda of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia is now available and calls those attending the assemblies to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia”.  The Plenary Council agenda is the result of deep listening, dialogue and prayerful discernment.  It is the next step on the journey toward the celebration of the Plenary Council for the Church in Australia.


Media Release – 18 June 2021

Continuing the Journey

The working document for the Plenary Council has been released.  The document, known as an instrumentum laboris, draws heavily on the voices heard during the Listening and Dialogue and Discernment phases of the Plenary Council, but also from other key sources.  It is entitled Continuing the JourneyRead more…



Instrumentum Laboris (Working Document)

Fan the Flame

National Prayer Campaign

As the first Assembly in October 2021 draws nearer, we are invited to refresh our commitment to the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia in which the Catholic community is undertaking a process of listening, dialogue and discernment.  Everyone is being called to prayerfully surround and support this important event.

You are invited to join the national prayer campaign and support the ongoing journey of the Plenary Council.  To help prepare people for the first session, the National Liturgy Committee for the Plenary Council has launched a suite of resources to be used in a range of contexts entitled, Fan the Flame.

Writing and Discernment Group Papers

The Plenary Council has made available the Discernment Papers from the Writing and Discernment Groups on the six themes in both written and audio format.  Read more…

Plenary Council 2020: What can we expect?

It was great to see so many people continuing to be interested in the upcoming Plenary Council.  Exploring the synodal process and expectations over three sessions provided an attractive series with more than 50 people attending each session.  During this time of pandemic restrictions, coming together through Zoom video conferencing proved to be a great success.  Our presenters, Fr Brendan Reed, Cathy Jenkins and Fr Kevin Lenehan shared from the wealth of their knowledge and experience, guiding us through the intricacies of Church governance.


Topics and Presenters

The Synodal process and expectations

What does synodality mean?  Where does it come from?  What can we expect from the Plenary Council?

Presented by Rev Dr Brendan Reed, Parish Priest, Camberwell, Deepdene & Balwyn and lecturer at Catholic Theological College.



Applying what we know

Applying what we have heard and learnt about synodality to our parish context.

Presented by Ms Cathy Jenkins, Assistant to the Director: Leadership and Development at Catholic Education Sandhurst.  Cathy is a member of the Missionary & Evangelising Writing Group and will attend the Plenary Council as a delegate.



Dealing with the themes

Looking at the nature and practice of discernment and the six themes.

Presented by Rev Dr Kevin Lenehan, Master of Catholic Theological College.  Kevin is a member of the Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform Writing Group and will attend the Plenary Council as a delegate.



Plenary Council Writing Group Reflection

We were fortunate to also have Simon Donahoe, Cathy Jenkins and Kevin Lenehan share their experiences from being on a Writing Group.  They each provided an insight into the richness and challenges they faced as they drew together the submissions received from across Australia.


Simon Donahoe’s reflection



Visit the Plenary Council 2020 website

Writing and Discernment Group Papers.  Read more…

‘Discernment both a call and a challenge given to us by the Holy Spirit’ says Archbishop Costelloe. Read more…

Who will be at the Plenary Council?  Delegates from across Australia have been confirmed.  Read more…

Frequently Asked Questions about the Plenary Council.  Read more…


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