For the first time, the Diocese of Broken Bay will host the Proclaim Conference, a national conference on parish evangelisation.
PROCLAIM 2016 will run across three days from 1-3 September, 2016 at The Concourse Chatswood, in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
Now in its third turn, this important initiative of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, is expected to 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 mercy of the Gospel.
The theme of this year’s Conference, “On a Mission of Mercy: Evangelising Parishes”, embraces 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).
Keynote speakers include Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Nicholas Hudson of the Archdiocese of Westminster and Dr Susan Timoney (Washington), with a focus on parishes as oases of mercy and centres of missionary outreach. Their valued input will be complemented by numerous workshop presenters from Australia and abroad who will offer participants some of the best practices and strategies by which the mercy and joy of the Gospel can be lived out by local communities of faith. Conference liturgies, panel discussions, social media initiatives, and a night of praise and worship open to youth and young adults will also form part of the Conference.
“I am very excited and hopeful of what PROCLAIM 2016 will bring to the parishes of Australia and beyond” said Bishop Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay.
“PROCLAIM provides an inspiring forum for the people in our parishes, those at the frontline of our mission as Church, to gather, discuss and learn new ways of evangelisation”