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What is the Council?

The Australian Catholic Council  for Clergy Life and Ministry is a national body established in December 1992,  by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, in response to the Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis (March 1992) for the lifelong formation and education of clergy. It is a Council of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Church  Ministry. The Council:

  • Promotes nationally an integral continuing education and formation that is human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral for Catholic clergy which includes bishops, priests and deacons.
  • Supports and networks nationally the work of Diocesan Directors or representatives for the continuing education of clergy in the 28 dioceses of the Catholic Church in Australia, and also in the Military Ordinariate,the Ukrainian, Chaldean, Maronite, and Melkite Eparchies.
  • Supports a national gathering of all diocesan directors or representatives each year as well as regional meetings in the different states.

Members of the Council

The Council is an advisory body to the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and consists of thirteen persons: two bishops, five priest directors, three lay persons, two religious (one a priest) and a deacon.