The work of the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry (LPM) began in late 2011 as the Australian bishops recognised the call to ministry of lay people and the generosity in responding to this call by so many across this vast land. In more recent years the Office for Lay Pastoral Ministry was established, and along with the Office for the Participation of Women, has been well served by Andrea Dean.
On August 21st the new Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry gathered at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney. The members of the council are Mr Daniel Ang, Fr Mark Freeman, Sr Kari Hatherell (Chair), Ms Cathy Jenkins (Executive Member), Ms Olivia Lee, Ms Rachael Smith and Sr Mary-Louise Walsh. Bishop Greg Homeming represents the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry and Ms Andrea Dean is the Executive Secretary.
Note that early bird rate for Australian Pastoral Ministry Network Conference, Listen to the Spirit and Sing, has been extended to 31 July.
Due to the flow on effects of the restructure of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry is yet to meet. This is issue of Lay Pastoral Ministry News simply bridges the gap until the members of the Council are officially commissioned and take up their roles.
There have been over 22,000 submissions from individuals and groups who have gathered for the initial phase of the Plenary 2020, participating in listening and dialogue sessions. This phase will continue until early March when the data will be carefully analysed and from this analysis the major themes for the Council will emerge.