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Chittister to speak on Church renewal


Sister Joan Chittister, one of the Catholic world’s most influential religious and social leaders, will address a national convocation of Catholics on Sunday May 2 at 8.30am CST via Zoom from the USA. 

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A vision for Catholicism: Renewal directions, priorities, hopes and aspirations, is the first of three convocations hosted by the Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR).

Sr Joan has for 50 years advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. She has a history of speaking truth to power often challenging the Church in relation to renewal.

ACCCR Co-Convener Andrea Dean said the Chittister convocation would inspire Catholics who were insisting that the Catholic Church, through the Plenary Council process, address greater inclusion, especially for women and minority groups.

“The Plenary Council is an opportunity for much-needed change to the Catholic Church’s leadership,” she said.

“The Australian bishops must listen to the people of the Church and open their mind to the cultural and structural changes urgently needed to rescue the church from irrelevance.

“I strongly urge lay Catholics to participate in the Convocations.”

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, will give an official greeting to the participants. He acknowledged in a recent interview that reform is needed in the Church because “the current mode of leadership is unsustainable”.

The Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR) is a collaboration of 19 member groups across Australia demanding Church reform.

Registration is free and open to all at


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