Noticed in Rome

Noticed in RomeIt is with great joy that I can confirm that Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace, the first national resource for lay pastoral ministry, was launched by the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge at Proclaim 2018 in Brisbane.

I’m thrilled that such a well-researched, theologically grounded and practical document is now available to provide a basis for collaboration in ministry across Australia.

Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace: Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Church in Australia

Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace: Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Church in AustraliaAs this newsletter lands in your inbox, the National Guidelines that the ACCLPM have been working on for several years is being finalized and prepared for launching! The journey to this point has been long, and at times arduous, however we believe that this document will be inspirational, informative and practical for the many and varied lay pastoral ministers across this vast land, as well for parish priest and pastoral councils, for diocesan offices and all who work with lay ministers. This is and will always be a working document, our hope is that it will grow and change as the needs and direction of the Church grows and changes. The journey continues with the development of a webpage with material to support the guidelines.

Synodal Church

Synodal ChurchWelcome to the first LPM News in 2018. We have entered into the sacred week of the church year knowing our personal need to be transformed by the paschal mystery of Jesus. This is not however just a personal journey, it is a communal journey that we consciously undertake for the life of the world. As we know, the church is always in need of transformation. Pope Francis has called us to become a synodal Church, a listening Church. In his address to the Bishops of the world, he explains the importance of listening, dialogue and prayer.

Research Data Available

EditorialThe research project Exploring Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Catholic Church (2016) took a case study approach in order to explore the great variety of ways and contexts in which lay pastoral ministry is exercised. The research covered those in both unpaid and paid positions. In order to ensure that case studies covered a wide range of situations, they were conducted in five States around Australia, in remote and rural areas, larger cities, and the capital cities, and in high, moderate and low multicultural contexts. 

Clear Direction

EditorialIn November 2011 the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry (ACCLPM) had its inaugural meeting. The Council was formed by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference (ACBC) as an advisory Council to the Bishops Commission for Ministry to:

  1. Support Lay Pastoral Ministers in their service to our Church
  2. Assist lay pastoral ministers with accreditation and employment relations
  3. Promote the role and value of Lay Pastoral Ministers
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