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Online Plenary Council
Approximately 280 members (formerly referred to as delegates), from across Australia, will participate in the First Assembly of the Plenary Council to be held from 3rd to 10th October.
Despite large parts of the country being in lockdown, those planning the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia say all is in readiness to deliver the first assembly in October, wholly online.
Members of the Council gathered online in four groups in recent weeks to continue their formation, including from a technology perspective.
More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Plans for the public livestreaming of some parts of each day remain in place, and some liturgies will also be celebrated online.
Information on the Plenary Council can be found HERE>.
An article on one of our Diocesan Plenary Council Members, Matthew Brown, can be read HERE>