Change is in the air!

Change is in the air!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.

Building on the Earlier Work

Building on the earlier workOn 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.

New Council members

New Council membersWelcome to this issue of Lay Pastoral Ministry News, which focuses on the ministry of pastoral musicians.

 Note that early bird rate for Australian Pastoral Ministry Network Conference, Listen to the Spirit and Sing, has been extended to 31 July.

Bridging the Gap

EditorialDue 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.

On the Plenary Council Journey

On the Plenary Council JourneyThere 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.

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