Perth Archdiocesan Assembly: 7 days to go!

05 Jul 2024

By Jamie O'Brien

The liturgical display at the Archdiocesan Assembly Formation Day, Saturday 23 September 2023. Photo: Jamie O’Brien

There is just 7 days to go till the first Archdiocesan Assembly is held on Saturday 13 July.

And this weekend, the Perth Catholic community is being encouraged to dedicate this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July to praying for the upcoming Archdiocesan Assembly.

Vicar General, the Very Rev Fr Vincent Glynn said parishes, agencies and communities across the Archdiocese are invited to pray the Archdiocesan Assembly prayer at all Masses. This prayer has been sent out to all parishes and communities.

An Archdiocesan Assembly

An Archdiocesan Assembly is a gathering of nominated clergy, religious, and lay representatives from across diocese to discuss and deliberate on matters of pastoral importance.

The assembly serves as a platform for dialogue, decision-making, and planning, aiming to support and advise the diocesan bishop. It operates within the framework provided by Canon Law, focusing on investigating, considering, and formulating practical strategies for pastoral works and initiatives with the diocese.

Vicar General and Vicar for Education, the Very Rev Fr Vincent Glynn, explained the core focus for the coming Assembly for the Archdiocese of Perth.

An Assembly delegate speaks to her fellow delegates at the Formation Day, Saturday 23 September 2023. Photo: Jamie O’Brien.

“The Assembly centres on establishing a Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) that reflects the way of synodality, as emphasised by Pope Francis.” A DPC, as outlined in Canon Law, is a consultative body offering support and advice to the Bishop.

Here, the aim is to create a council that embodies “synodality,” a collaborative approach encouraging participation from clergy, religious figures, and lay Catholics.

What Has Happened So Far?

The formation day on 23 September 2023 included presentations on the nature and purpose of an Archdiocesan Assembly and a DPC. Delegates received insights into Canon Law, synodality, and the principles of deep listening and communal discernment.

CEWA Chair, Eva Skira AO, speaks with delegates at the Formation Day, Saturday, 23 September, 2023. Photo: Jamie O’Brien

Following this, the delegates embarked on a series of Listening and Discernment sessions across the Archdiocese, focusing on the themes of Communion, Mission, and Participation—pillars of a synodal church as emphasised by Pope Francis.

Fr Vincent emphasised the Assembly is not just a meeting.

“It is a manifestation of our collective journey towards a more synodal Church. We are called to listen deeply, discern wisely, and act justly, guided by the Holy Spirit.”

“The Archdiocese of Perth’s Archdiocesan Assembly is a landmark event, reflecting a commitment to synodality and communal discernment,” Fr Vincent continued.

“It embodies the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia and aligns with Pope Francis’ vision for a more inclusive and participatory and missionary Church.

“Delegates from across the Archdiocese, representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives, will gather to ensure that the voice of every member is heard and valued in the Church’s mission and ministry,” he concluded.

Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, the Very Rev Fr Minh Thuy Nguyen, listens to delegates at the Formation Day, Saturday 23 September, 2023. Photo: Jamie O’Brien.