The priests and deacons working in the Archdiocese of Hobart gather on Tasmania’s East Coast every two years for a week’s ongoing formation and professional development. The focus for our gathering from 16-20 April is taken from Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi: Proclaim the Word, Minister the Sacraments, Gather the Scattered People of God. This focus looks back to the Second Vatican Council’s document on the ministry and life of priests. It also finds an echo in many parts of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.
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The Melbourne Archdiocese is offering Lay Pastoral Ministers a number of professional development opportunities in 2018. Most recently, a professional development day was held to explore how to best respond to violence in the home. The day was facilitated by family therapist and psychologist Pat Boyhan.
How do we renew our parishioners in their baptismal call and enable their gifts in parish and school life? These questions are addressed at this year’s NSW Pastoral Ministry Conference held on Tuesday 1st May, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Dooleys Catholic Club, Lidcombe.
When I first read the list of Presenters and themes for this conference, I was keen to attend and hear for myself the wisdom of such diverse speakers as Dr Maeve Heaney, Hugh McKay, Dr Richard Gaillardetz, Geraldine Doogue and Brisbane’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge and was eager to attend the workshops on offer from people such as Fr Kevin Lenehan. I was not disappointed!