Brisbane to commence historic Diocesan Synod
The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane is about to begin its first Diocesan Synod in over a century, with around 730 members gathering for the Synod Assembly from Thursday to Sunday.
Archbishop John Bathersby described the Synod as "timely and fortuitous", given 2001 census figures that show Australia's Catholic population topping five million and Brisbane the diocese with the fastest growing population.
He said: "It is meant to bring this sleeping giant of almost 600,000 Catholic people alive with the joy and energy of the Gospel so that the Archdiocese will be a compelling sign in South East Queensland of the good news of Christ."
Archbishop Bathersby described the Synod as an attempt "to find ways and means of engaging our largely secular culture with the Christian faith - especially engaging young people".
Strategies will be planned under the headings Jesus, Communion and Mission.
"If we are to take the Archdiocese forward into a more lively future we must be able to measure ourselves in the light of Jesus, Communion, Mission and recommend those actions which ensure we have a solid foundation in each vital sign," he said.
The Synod will be unique in that it is the first of its kind in Brisbane and one of only a few that have been held in the Catholic Dioceses of Australia.
The Assembly will address issues connected with the mission of the local church, over which the Archbishop has authority, and will vote on a series of action proposals.
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