“Let Our Church Doors Be Open”
We plan to provide a most stimulating and exciting Convention around Pope Francis’ challenging words “Let our Church Doors be open”. Massimo Faggioli our guest presenter is fast becoming the most perceptive communicator on Vatican II and its dynamic possibilities 50 years on. His recent book A Council for the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History is a remarkable book. Interestingly he refuses to write off the last decades as a time of dismantling the vision of Vatican II. While he names strategies that were opposed to the Council, he credits John Paul II with making some significant steps forward in the pastoral life of the Church. So we are not dealing with a writer and thinker who is an ideologue!
Massimo joins us as a young layman, married with two children, trained in Bologna and Turin and now teaching in America. He is a fine communicator and writer, with an insightful mind motivated by a discerning love for his Church.
Adjusting the Agenda
The history of the NCP has been indelibly seen as a fraternity for Priests. Our Conventions have brought priests across Australia together for an exchange of ideas and mutual encouragement. We wish to keep this treasured intimacy. However, we also wish to stretch our horizons a little as we face wider issues in pastoral ministry within the life of the local Church.
Women hold many local parishes together, particularly as Pastoral Associates. On the Tuesday of the Convention Massimo Faggioli will address the issue of Ecclesiology and Ministry in the global Church.
We will be inviting Pastoral Associates to sit with us for this input and conversation. After a meal together the women panelists will present their views on local pastoral ministry and our shared needs. This we hope will be an enriching and mutually formative time for all of us.
The Convention will then continue for the Priests into the evening and over two more remarkable days.
Looking over the Convention Program
NCP Conventions are never set up as talk fests!
The time brother priests sit together shapes the vital pulse of these Conventions. It is becoming harder to provide comfortable accommodation, good speakers and provision for restful exchanges without making costs prohibitive. We have really tried to scale registration costs back.
We promise to offer you a delightful venue in the heart of Melbourne together with stimulating speakers and space to digest insights in sharing our pastoral experience.
Our dream is that priests will return to their home parishes and local communities refreshed and invigorated.
Again may I say, “Make a decision now and please join us.”
Melbourne 2016 Convention Planning Committee