Year of Grace website launched: a gift from the Australian bishops to the Church

Media Release
2 March, 2012.

The Official website for “A Year of Grace” has been launched today at signalling the start of preparations for this important event for the Catholic Church in Australia.

A Year of Grace is the Australian bishops’ gift to the Church to celebrate and renew our faith and life as Catholics. It will begin at Pentecost 2012 and is an exhortation from the bishops of Australia to “Start afresh from Christ.”
Project Officer for the Year of Grace Fr. Peter Brock hopes that the site will become a hub for Catholics during the Year of Grace.

“The enthusiasm of the bishops for this Year of Grace can be seen in the comments of four of them on the home page. They are calling the whole Catholic Church in Australia in join them in this time of renewed prayer, or what several of them have called a ‘slow-motion retreat’.”

“In the coming weeks and months the National Planning Team will use the website to make resources available to individuals, parishes, schools and dioceses, so that people all over the country can respond to the invitation to ‘start afresh from Christ’.”

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who has been a driving force behind the bishops’ working group on the Year of Grace is hopeful about the way in which it will renew the Australian Church.

“The bishops have decided, under the impulse of the Holy Spirit to call all Catholic people in Australia to a time of retreat.”

“The Year of Grace has been like a seed, being watered gently and growing with tender care. It comes from the bishops’ reflection over a number of years on the Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (at the start of the new millennium).

“This letter recalls the events in Rome during the Jubilee year of 2000 and the Pope’s challenge to the whole Church to “contemplate the face of Christ.”

All people are warmly welcomed to explore this site and the hope is that it will be a space of prayer; a place to seek resources and a place of information for you as we go on this journey together in the Catholic Church in Australia.

To visit the Year of Grace site, go to and for more information about the year of grace or to organise an interview, please contact Beth Doherty 0407 081 256 or Fr Peter Brock (02) 4967 6598 or email: