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Tasmanian archbishop completes Call to Change

Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart has formally ended a process of spiritual renewal that was known as Call to Change .

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese said: "Strong and purposeful direction has been set for the Catholic Church across Tasmania as it grapples with the challenges of the new millennium."

Archbishop Doyle, as the then Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart, launched Call to Change on April 27, 1999. Since then, through dialogue and consultation, a direction has emerged for the diocese which the Archbishop first articulated in a series of public meetings around the State in August of 2000.

According to Archbishop Doyle's vision, the way forward involved collaboration and evangelisation.

In formally closing the Call to Change process, he called Catholics across Tasmania to have their lives centred on Christ and to be instruments of Christ's work. He also urged the faithful to be "people of prayer and the Word", and to engage in apostolic outreach and to be people who go forward in hope.

While Archbishop Doyle delivered this message personally during the inauguration of the Parish of Launceston - one of the changes being brought about in this revitalisation process - a tape of his message was played at every Mass celebrated in Tasmania at the weekend.

Catholic Media (TAS)