Brisbane to host discernment event

Brisbane Plenary Council co-ordinator Eric Robinson (left) with Peter Pellicaan, Melissa Fenech, Sr Kari Hatherall and Troy Tornabene (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Brisbane Assembly, an archdiocesan Plenary Council 2020 event, is expected to unite more than 600 Catholics across two days of communal discernment this October. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Brisbane archdiocesan Plenary Council co-ordinator Eric Robinson said the Brisbane Assembly, to be held October 4 and 5, would be a great chance for people to hear directly from the national facilitation team – “where we’ve come from, where we’re at and where we’re heading”.

“It will be a really high-quality experience of listening and discernment from these spiritual conversations,” he said.

This experience of communal discernment was a great tool in itself, Mr Robinson said.

He said it was a tool that event participants could take back to their own parishes and communities.

He also said Brisbane Assembly would be a chance for the diverse parishes of Brisbane archdiocese to discern together and leave ready to implement local action in their communities.

“My hope is that people walk away from the assembly with hope and feeling empowered about this plenary journey and their role in it,” Mr Robinson said.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said since 2016 Australian Catholics had been on a journey together moving through the phases of the Plenary Council.

“Now we move from listening and dialogue to listening and discernment, because out of that experience of listening and dialogue we have distilled six themes,” he said.

The six themes are – missionary and evangelising; inclusive, participatory and synodal; prayerful and Eucharistic; humble, healing and merciful; a joyful, hope-filled and servant community; and open to conversion, renewal and reform.

Archbishop Coleridge said the themes were “very broad and they were intended to be”.

Being broad, the themes encourage a process of discernment by which the themes could be distilled into topics.

It was from these topics that the Church could reach a concrete and realistic agenda for the Plenary Council sessions to be held in 2020 and 2021, Archbishop Coleridge said.


Brisbane archdiocese preparing to host massive discernment event for Plenary Council 2020 (The Catholic Leader

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