The twelve delegates from the Perth Archdiocese (also called the Perth Local Church) to participate in the Australian Plenary Council were commissioned last Sunday, the 4th October 2020.
Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 4 October witnessed the commissioning of 12 local delegates who have the privilege of representing the Archdiocese of Perth in the upcoming Plenary Council (PC)
The commissioned Plenary Council Delegates who will represent the Archdiocese of Perth at the upcoming assemblies in October 2021 and July 2022 are:
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB DD, Auxiliary Bishop Rev Donald Sproxton DD, Father Peter Whitely VG, Vicar for Clergy Brian McKenna EV, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation Fr Vincent Glynn EV, St Charles’ Seminary Rector Fr Phillip Fleay, Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector Fr Michael Moore SM, UNDA Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Campbell, Centre for Faith Enrichment Director Dr Marco Ceccarelli, Applecross Parish youth coordinator Emily Hardbottle, UNDA senior lecturer in theology Dr Angela McCarthy and The Shopfront Director Mr Damian Walsh
After the conclusion of the Gospel reading, Archbishop Costelloe offered some words of reflection, then calling the delegates to the altar for a special blessing, committing them to their new role.
Archbishop Costelloe noted that this call by the Lord (to St Francis of Asissi), “to return once again with courage and boldness to the beauty of the gospel and begin to build our lives, our institutions, and our ministries more solidly on the basis of Gospel principles” is not a call to tear down the Church and start again from scratch.
Reiterating the fact that the challenge of the PC, is a task of the whole Church and not just the bishops, Archbishop Costelloe invited the community to keep the delegates in their prayers as they undergo months of intense spiritual preparation.
“The danger is that we simply presume that the Holy Spirit wants for the Church exactly what we might want for the Church. But as the Lord says to us in the Scriptures: ‘my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Is 56:8-9).