Living Catholic e-News July 2018

Plenary Council - Have Your Say


A Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of all local churches in a country, and the last one was held 80 years ago in Australia in 1937. At the Plenary Council planned for Australia in 2020, the bishops and other representatives of all the dioceses and eparchies of the Catholic Church in Australia will meet with the purpose to discern what God is asking of us in Australia at this present time. While the church endeavors to be asked that question continually, a Plenary Council is a particularly graced instrument for seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And it has the authority to make church laws on the results of its discernment.
The Plenary Council will be held over two sessions - one in Adelaide in October 2020 and a second one in an eastern State in early 2021. A formal period of preparation for the Plenary Council commenced at Pentecost this year, initiating a ‘Listening and Dialogue’ phase.
People can participate in a Listening and Dialogue session in their school, parish or community. Alternatively, they can host their own conversation and gather people independent of these communities. The process to engage in dialogue and have a say can be found here.
For more information: Archdiocese of Adelaide contact: Sarah Moffatt via Email:

See July e-newsletter here