Conference on Australian Catholicism to be held next month

ACBC PRO Conference logoMedia Release
23 January, 2014

The Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will hold a three-day conference next month (19-21 February) on Australian Catholics and provide an in-depth look at the state of Catholicism in Australia.

The conference Beliefs and Practices of Australian Catholics: what we know and why it matters will bring together findings from the projects carried out by the in recent years.

The event will bring together people from parishes, diocesan agencies, Catholic health and aged care, Catholic social services, Catholic education, religious congregations and other Church organisations. Presenters will include local and international experts.

Director of the Pastoral Research Office, Dr Bob Dixon, said that the conference is a rare opportunity for people to consider the challenges posed by the research results.

“What usually happens is that one project report is published in a journal, another goes to a Church agency, another to the bishops, but never before have we attempted to provide an overview of what the research is saying to the Church, and how it is calling us to respond”, he said.

Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, will open the conference on the evening of 19 February.

Dr Mary Gautier, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, are two of the keynote speakers.

The conference will take place from Wednesday evening 19 February to Friday afternoon 21 February. It will be followed on Saturday 22 February by a Parish Workshop Day, where the focus will be on what recent research can tell us about enriching parish life and the target audience is all those people with a role or an interest in parish life.

People are welcome to come to both events and registration is available online. More information on the conference is available at

Registrations for the conference can be made online at or, or by using the registration form on the PRO website.

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