Darwin Diocese is the first local Church to commission its delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the first assembly of which will open in Adelaide in 12 months’ time. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Given the postponement of the Plenary Council assemblies by a year due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and public gatherings, it was proposed that dioceses consider commissioning their delegates on October 4, 2020 – the day the first assembly was due to commence.
Because restrictions remain in place in most parts of the country, a number of dioceses have chosen to delay the commissioning ceremonies until later this year or into next year.
With the Darwin Diocese due to host its Chrism Mass this week, though, it was decided that it was an opportune time for the Catholic community there to pray for their delegates.
Darwin Bishop Charles Gauci said leaders from across the diocese are currently undertaking a review of ministries.
“We must work towards always renewing the vision of the Church; we cannot continue with ‘business as usual’,” he said.
“We need to reach out to people and to nurture people. We need to know who we are not connecting with at all and with whom we are not connecting adequately.”
That will include reflecting on “the quality of our connections”.
“We need special emphasis on connecting with young people in effective ways. We also need to ensure that we have a special outreach and connection with our Aboriginal people. We need to provide ministry to all from the cradle to the grave,” Bishop Gauci said.
Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said the commissioning of delegates in each diocese – regardless of when it takes place – underlines the nature of the Council.
Darwin Diocese commissions its Plenary Council delegates (ACBC Media Blog)