“Let Our Church Doors Be Open”
Priests from across Australia are steadily registering to participate in our fast approaching NCP National Convention. If you are yet to make a decision to attend – let me help you! You will be warmly welcomed and feel a strong sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness during the four days of the Convention.
Our keynote speaker, Dr Massimo Faggioli is becoming internationally recognised as an historian and theologian with an insightful grasp of the post Vatican II Church together with a remarkable grasp of historical events which have an enormous contemporary relevance.
His list of published works range across the reception of Vatican II in the global Church through to exploring the place of Ecclesial Movements in today’s Church.
After each of Dr Faggioli’s presentations, a skilled facilitator will initiate a conversation with him and then invite discussion/comments from the floor.
Also in this style, our break out groups with topics focusing on Women in the Church, Catholic Identity in our Schools, the Church in Public Life and Issues of Sacramental Pastoral Practice will be handled through brief input and then extended sharing in smaller groups.
Our Convention Dinner will feature a delightful entertainment segment by the talented Australian vocalists The Three Tenors.
The Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Rev Denis Hart, will lead our Convention Eucharist and our daily prayer sessions have been shaped with our own lived spirituality as priests in mind. Thoughtful planning of our liturgies will ensure our times for prayer will be helpful and engaging.
I look forward to seeing old and new faces in Melbourne in July.
Melbourne 2016 Convention Planning Committee