The assemblies are a continuation of the 2021 and 2022 Diocesan Assemblies and are aimed at involving a greater number of people at the local level in participation, communion and mission.
Parish and school leaders, as well as other members of the community, are expected to attend the Western Deanery assembly on March 18.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan will share some insights on what it means to be a synodal Church and help explore questions such as ‘what does baptism mean for me personally’ and ‘what does this mean for us as disciples of Jesus’.
Director of Pastoral Life and Mission, Sarah Moffatt, said the regional assemblies offered parishes, communities and schools an opportunity to “engage in mutual listening, developing responses to shared needs, and collaboration for missionary action”.
The nine regions are based on geographic and demographic similarities.
The assemblies will identify priorities for each of their local communities, ways of supporting each other and the gifts and strengths of members that could be shared across the region.
Ms Moffatt said the over-arching question was what are we being called to do to participate in the mission of God in this time and place?
An online information session was held last month to outline the purpose and expectations of the regional assemblies as well as the support, resources, and tools the Archdiocese is providing to planning teams.
A video recording of the information session is available at adelaidediocesanassembly.org
Deaneries have been asked to hold an assembly in the next 12 months and provide feedback to the Archdiocese.
The Western Deanery Gathering for Leaders will be held at St Maximilian Kolbe Church, 85 Rosewater Tce, Ottoway, from 10am to noon on March 18.Jump to next article