Formation and community focus of deacons' conference

Deacon Mark Powell (Perth Archdiocese)

The National Association of Deacons’ biennial national conference is heading to Perth this October. Source: The eRecord.

The 2019 Conference, with the theme “I and the Father are One,” (John 17:21), will take place from October 3–6 at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle campus.

All permanent deacons, candidates and aspirants from Australia and New Zealand, of any Catholic rite, and their wives, are invited to attend. Others who attend include those responsible for deacon formation and other interested clergy from across Australia.

Perth Archdiocese Deacon Mark Powell, chair of the national organising committee, said the conference aimed to help deacons, and those involved with diaconate formation, come together in faith.

“We are hoping that the conference will create a stronger pastoral awareness nationally about how we can better realise a stronger role for deacons among the wider Catholic community,” Deacon Powell said.

“We are living in a changing world, globally and internally, and we are seeing many opportunities where the role of a deacon can provide support, perhaps where there has not been before, but there is clearly a need within that parish, agency or school,” he said.

Keynote speakers of the Conference include Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv., Catholic Education Western Australia executive director, Dr Debra Sayce, Brisbane theologian and associate professor Deacon Anthony Gooley and Parramatta Deacon Tony Hoban.

Other speakers at the Conference include WA Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Director, Deacon Greg Lowe and Stella Maris Seafarers Centre Director, Deacon Patrick Moore, as well as Dr Steven Kiely and Dr Michael Newton, who will speak about work-life balance, and Annette Hoban and Hilary Kelly, who will speak about how wives support deacons and the impact of the diaconate on wives and families.

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Deacons Conference heading to Perth, focus on formation and community (The eRecord

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