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Plenary Council 2020 -our preparation

Towards the Plenary Council 2020

Enquiries: please contact Sophy Morley 'Gaudium et Spes' Plenary 2020 Convenor, phone 5622 6677, mobile 0413 590 007 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish and school animators with the skills gained from their recent training can now conduct local Listening and Dialogue sessions. Contact your local parish for information on what might be happening in your local area.

Visit the Official Plenary Council 2020 website    for videos, parish and school resources, articles and listening and dialogue guides.  We encourage people people to be proactive in accessing the website for these as well as to subscribe to Plenary Post e-news.


National Plenary Council

A Plenary Council of the Church in Australia is to be held in 2020. This is a journey which we begin now and will last beyond the year 2021.

The Plenary Council is envisaged to be held in two gatherings, one in Adelaide in October 2020, another in May 2021.

A Plenary Council is a rare occurrence in Australia, with the last being held in 1937.

In 2019, we have a Diocesan Assembly in preparation for the Plenary Council on 13 and 14 September.

Bishop O’Regan has convened a local working group, to be known by the title the Gaudium et Spes, (Joy and Hope) (G&S) Committee.

This group of 10 members of the diocesan family, which met for the first time on January 30, will be responsible for assisting us as a diocese to prepare for the coming Plenary Council. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the convenor of this committee. See the Diocesan contacts page for a list of members.

Open parish meetings
In  the first half of 2018 the Bishop held meetings in each of our 27 Parishes.

The aim of the meetings being to let people know what this process is all about; to introduce who the members of local Gaudium et Spes committee are; give an update of what the Sale Diocese looks like in 2018, and to begin the process of listening to members of each parish.

More than 1,000 people attended the meeting and shared their thoughts with the Bishop and members of the G & S Committee. 

These parish meetings were first step, among many. With the official launch of the Plenary Council 2020 at Pentacost the preparation phase has now begun. 

Proclaim Conference
The Bishop, the members of the G&S Committee and representatives from various parishes attended the Proclaim Conference in July. This enabled them to gather ideas for the preparation phase.

Listening and Dialogue sessions

Listening and Dialogue with the Bishop were held in five locations in October and November 2018.

Parish Plenary Groups

Each parish is now being asked to have a plenary group which will assist in animating the many plenary conversations and gatherings in the coming months. The plenary group may be the parish pastoral council or could be another group formed for the plenary process.

Please feel free to contact Convenor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 5622 6677 for more information or to explore how you and your parish can become involved. 

Background information

Official Plenary Council 2020 website   At this website you can subcribe to the monthly e-news Plenary Post. 

Mandate of the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council

Network - Plenary Council 2020


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Catholic Diocese of Sale
PO Box 1410, Warragul 3820
Location: Sion House, 6 Witton St., Warragul
Phone: 03 5622 6600 
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