Plenary Council President Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has written to 266 Catholics throughout Australia, calling them as delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
The delegates for the Wollongong Diocese are:
• Most Reverend Brian Mascord DD
• Very Reverend Bernard Gordon
• Dr Jodi Steel
• Mr Paul Fleming
• Very Reverend Ken Cafe
• Very Reverend Sean Cullen
Congratulations to Dr Steel (Thirroul Parish) and Mr Fleming (Milton Parish) who are our representative delegates and were selected after a process of expressions of interest, short listing, interviews and referral to the Bishop's Plenary Committee for approval.
Bishop Brian and the other Reverend Fathers are our mandated delegates.
UPDATE – Postponement of the First Assembly of the Plenary council:
In response to the dramatic changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bishops of Australia have made the difficult but necessary decision to POSTPONE the first assembly of the Plenary Council, which was scheduled to be held in October this year.
Changes in the way people live, work and communicate due to the pandemic, led the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council to consult with the advisory and planning teams, as well as the wider Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, as part of making this decision.
Plenary Council President, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, has noted that in a time of such upheaval, including severe restrictions on travel and group meetings, the postponement was unavoidable. The Bishops will consider proposals for an alternative timeline for the Council’s two assemblies at their biannual meeting in May. They remain committed to the Plenary Council journey and affirm that two assemblies will take place.
Further announcements and up-to-date information, can be found on the Plenary Council website: plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au