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Religious meet to examine decline of institutions

The leaders of Australia's Catholic and Anglican religious congregations are gathering in Hobart today to look at implications of the erosion of membership in a range of institutions including political parties, unions, and the churches.

A statement released yesterday indicates the leaders will seek to devise ways of making the Gospel more relevant in what it describes as a "postmodern" world that does not relate to traditional institutions.

The meeting - the 26th annual Assembly of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) - is taking as its theme "Reclaiming Hope - Being Church for our World". The event takes place between today and Sunday.

Speakers include author and theologian Fr Michael Whelan SM, a founder of Spirituality in the Pub and current director of Sydney's Aquinas Academy, and NSW Community Services Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald AM, a former National President of the Australian Council of Social Services.

The ACLRI Assembly brings together leaders from the majority of Australia's 200 religious orders, representing about 10,000 religious men and women, working in such diverse ministries as education, health, spiritual formation, and social advocacy.

The program includes a lecture open to the public, at 7:30 pm tomorrow at Hobart's Corus Hotel.

Report on last year's Assembly


19 Jun 2002