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Plenary 2020: Exploring Communal Discernment

Saturday 10 August, 2019

On Pentecost Sunday 2019, the Australian Church entered the second phase its Plenary Council preparationthe listening and discernment phase. The six national themes for discernment seek to address how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is:

  • Missionary and evangelising
  • Inclusive, participatory and synodal
  • Prayerful and Eucharistic
  • Humble, healing and merciful
  • A joyful, hope-filled and servant community
  • Open to conversion and renewal.

Discernment on the national themes will be key to informing and shaping the agenda for the Plenary Council meetings in 2020 and 2021. This discernment process will involve establishing working groups for each national theme for discernment. Parishes are also being asked to gather locally and, through the practice of communal discernment, listen to the national 'voice', pray together for inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit and discover the decisions that emerge.

As we enter this next phase of Plenary preparations, all parish Plenary coordinators and facilitators are invited to gather for a session exploring the practice of communal discernment. Discernment on the national themes will be key to informing and shaping the agenda for the Plenary Council meetings in 2020 and 2021. At this session, Fr Kevin Lenehan will reflect on the age-old practice of discernment—from its patristic origins to how it informed the work of the Second Vatican Council and continues to do as Pope Francis encourages a theology of encounter, accompaniment and dialogue. In the second half of the morning, Lana Turvey-Collins will give an update on national preparations as well as the resources being offered for this second phase of listening and discernment.



Date & Venue


Saturday 10 August, 2019


10.00am - Registration/tea & coffee

10.30am - Session commences

12.30pm - Session concludes


Cardinal Knox Centre

Lecture Theatre

383 Albert Street

East Melbourne




Contact Details

For assistance with registration or the Trybooking process, please contact:

Suzanne Hermon

Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation

9926 5761



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