PROCLAIM 2016 is a conference on the New Evangelisation organised and hosted on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay.
Building on conferences in 2012 and 2014, PROCLAIM 2016 will draw together over 500 participants to discuss, exchange and learn fresh ways in which parishes can become evangelising communities of the twenty-first century, filled with missionary disciples that announce the profound joy and tender mercy of the Gospel.
Taking place in an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and on the eve of the canonisation of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, PROCLAIM 2016 will embrace the challenge of Pope Francis for the joyful and pastoral conversion of our parishes, so that our practices, resources, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world (Evangelii Gaudium 27).
As we enter “a new phase of evangelisation that [has] existed from the beginning” (Misericordiae Vultus 4), the aim of PROCLAIM 2016 is to reawaken parishes to new life, instil courage to look to the future with hope, and to promote the evangelisation of cultures and our world with new enthusiasm and renewed missionary intent.
Our keynote speakers will focus on the potential for parishes to be genuine oases of mercy and centres for missionary outreach, while a variety of conference workshops presenters from Australia and abroad will offer some of the best practices, practical strategies and creative approaches by which this vision of the Gospel can be lived out by local communities of faith.