Australian lay movements ponder Pope's call
A meeting of the Bishops' Committee for Laity with Lay Movements on Friday focused on how to respond in the Australian context to recent calls by Pope John Paul II for movements to contribute actively to the life of parishes.
The annual meetings have been held for some years and provide movements with an opportunity for contact with the Australian bishops. Friday's meeting heard brief reports from each movement on their experiences of the past year and their aspirations for the future.
Proceedings then moved to a facilitated discussion on the Holy Father's call to evangelisation and the contributions movements can make to the spiritual life of parishes.
Committee Chairman, Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors said: "It is very heartening for the bishops to hear reports of the work the movements and be able to affirm their dedication and spirituality.
The other members of the Bishops' Committee for Laity are Bishop Brian Heenan (Rockhampton), Bishop Justin Bianchini (Geraldton), Bishop Brian Finnigan (Auxiliary, Brisbane) and Bishop Max Davis, (Military Ordinariate).
29 delegates representing 13 organisations attended the meeting. Their organisations serve both adult and youth memberships.
Other participants in the meeting were Therese Rodway of Canberra and Annaliese Wursthorn of Melbourne, both university students who represented Australia at the International Youth Forum convened by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome in April this year.
Both gave glowing accounts of their spiritual experience, their role in evangelisation in the university environment and the opportunity to interact with students from all parts of the world.
Bishops' Committee meets Lay Movements (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 20/7/04)
Bishops Committee For The Laity
Names of 3 Aus reps to Int'l Youth Forum announced (CathNews 30/1/04)
21 Jul 2004