Registrations are now open for the 2017 National Assembly for Catholic Religious Australia members and their lay partners which will be held from Tuesday, 20 June to Thursday, 22 June in Melbourne VIC.
The gathering will focus on this year's theme: "Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?". The presentations, group/workshop discussions and prayers will be enriched by those in attendance - among them the Apostolic Nuncio of Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, guests from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC).
This year's keynote speakers will be Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita and Passionist Father Christopher Monaghan. Sr Mary is a missionary and mass media educator and has spent most of her time serving the most marginalized people in North India, particularly rural poor women and girls. She has served two terms as Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome and now works as a speaker and facilitator in Chapers both nationally and internationally.
Fr Christopher is President of Yarra Theological Union (YTU) and since 1987 has been lecturing at YTU in both Old and New Testament. The major focus of his teaching throughout these years has been Matthew, Luke-Acts and the letters of Paul. During this period Chris has been engaged in adult education programs through schools, parishes and ministry to priests. Making the Bible in its richness accessible to people at all levels is his enduring passion.
While this year’s National Assembly will be focused on the response of members of Religious Institutes to the Assembly theme, Congregational/Institute partners or colleagues are invited to attend some of the sessions.