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Conference promoting more professional church administration

A three-day professional development conference for Catholic administrators concludes today, following last night's keynote address from Federal Minister for Health and Ageing and Member for Warringah Tony Abbott.

Conference organisers say that the focus on improving the administration of the Church's resources is of "particular interest to those who serve the Church on advisory and management Boards".

The event has attracted over 250 participants from all over Australia, including six Bishops, many priests and religious, as well as lay leaders.

The theme stresses the call to professionalism, and the important obligation of promoting the mission through planning, people, and resources.

Cardinal Pell spoke at the Opening Dinner on Sunday night, setting the scene and acknowledging how important professional administration is in supporting the mission of the Church. His presentation also featured a projection of the Australian Church scene in 2005 and beyond.

Media identity Mr Michael Willesee will conclude the Conference today with a look at the future, including how well the Church is addressing the likely future changes that will affect it in Australia. He will explore whether the areas that need to change have been identified and plans developed to make these changes happen.

One of the Conference organisers, Mr Tony Abela of the Diocese of Wollongong, described the event as an "important opportunity to reflect on the way we assist the clergy in the administration of church affairs".

"We support the mission of the church by the way we plan and by the way we manage our people and resources," he said. "We all need to be challenged and to be open to new ideas - the conference is an important vehicle for sharing experiences and improving the way we carry out our roles."

Catholic Administrators gather in Sydney (Catholic Administration Conference 22/10/04)

Catholic Administration Conference Sydney 24-26 October 2004

26 Oct 2004