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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Welcome to The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia which appears now in its 2019 - 2020 edition. The Directory provides a unique insight into the vast array of communities and services that make up the Catholic Church. It speaks of a Church deeply committed to the work of the Gospel and to the service of the nation.

It also shows a Church which is on the move, a Church which is always on pilgrimage. This is more evidently true of the Church in Australia as the journey of the Plenary Council continues to unfold. The Council is the fifth in the history of the Church in this country, the last being in 1937. It looks both back and forward. It demands that we examine the structures and strategies reflected in these pages and ask whether they are what is needed now if we are to proclaim the Gospel in a changing world and in the midst of considerable turbulence both in the Church and beyond. That is why it is above all an experience of listening to what the Spirit is saying.

I thank Sally Heath and Christine Moore of the National Council of Priests office for their work in compiling the Directory. It is a real service to information and communication within the Church and, to that extent, a real contribution to the journey of the Plenary Council.

Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP OF BRISBANE
President
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
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