National Liturgical Council

Executive Secretary: Dr Paul Taylor

PO Box 146
East Melbourne VIC 8002

T: (03) 9926 5753
F: (03) 9926 5767

Bishops' Delegates

  • Bishop Patrick O'Regan (Chairman)
  • Bishop Paul Bird, CSsR
  • Bishop Peter Elliott
  • Bishop Richard Umbers

Bishops Commission for Liturgy

The National Liturgical Council is an advisory body established by the Australian Catholic Bishops under provisions 4.3 and 5.1 of the Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy for the purpose of advising the Commission on matters pertaining to Catholic liturgical worship.  Members of the National Liturgical Council are appointed for 3 year terms.

National Liturgical Council Members 

  • Dr William Griffiths
  • Rev Dr Stephen Hackett MSC
  • Dr Clare Johnson
  • Mrs Sophy Morley
  • Rev Brian Nichols PP
  • Rev Laurence Cortez, PP
  • Dr Paul Taylor (Executive Secretary)

The Council is also served by a number of consultants who assist in its work:

  • Rev Dr David Orr OSB (Senior Consultant)
  • Sr Kerry Willison RSM (Senior Consultant)
  • Ms Denise Braddon
  • Rev Dr Barry Craig PP
  • Rev Dr Tom Elich PP
  • Rev John Fitz-Herbert
  • Sr Judy Foster SGS
  • Sr Louise Gannon RSJ
  • Mrs Elizabeth Harrington
  • Most Rev Ken Howell
  • Mr Paul Mason
  • Mr Michael McKenna
  • Mrs Cathy Murrowood
  • Sr Ilsa Neicinieks RSM
  • Mrs Jenny O’Brien
  • Rev Dr Frank O’Loughlin PP
  • Sr Ursula O’Rourke, SGS
  • Dr Carmel Pilcher RSJ
  • Rev Don Richardson Adm
  • Mrs Clare Schwantes
  • Dr Margaret Smith SGS
  • Rev Dr Christopher Willcock SJ
  • Very Rev Peter G. Williams VG
  • Dr Geoffrey Cox (Music Consultant)
  • Dr William Griffiths (Music Consultant)
  • Mr Bernard Kirkpatrick (Music Consultant)


National Liturgical Documents For Australia

The Good We Rarely Tell Anyone

  • There are 1,321 parishes in Australia, including 29 belonging to Eastern Catholic Churches, serving 5.2 million Catholics of which 624,000 worship every Sunday (c. 12%), which means we could fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) seven times every Sunday with Mass going Catholics! Of this group, 94,150 of these Mass-goers are aged between 13 and 18.
  • Worldwide numbers are booming

Source: Fr Richard Leonard SJ, Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting

Useful Links

Catholic Liturgy Websites in Australia  (March 2017) (PDF)
The attached document contains a listing of liturgical resources on various Catholic liturgy websites around Australia.

Local Liturgical Council, Commissions and Offices

International Liturgical Bodies and Offices

Liturgy & Copyright Information

Click here for information on liturgy and copyright 

Mass for the Fallen
by Christopher Willcock SJ

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