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The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will be held in Adelaide from 3-10 October 2021, and in Sydney from 4-9 July 2022. As we journey towards the first assembly, let us to continue to pray for the delegates as they are formally commissioned and participate on their preparatory formation sessions in the lead up to fulfilling their roles as delegates. At the same time, we are called to reflect on the Instrumentum Laboris (Working Document), entitled Continuing the Journey. The document draws heavily on the voices heard during the Listening and Dialogue and Listening and Discernment phases of the Plenary Council, but also from other key sources and provides a catalyst to renew the journey of prayer and discernment toward the first assembly in October.
The Six National Themes of Discernment and the Thematic Discernment Papers written by the Discernment and Writing Groups, as well as responses from the Listening and Dialogue Phase and Listening and Discernment Phase can still be accessed on the Plenary Council website for your reflection. May we keep praying, discussing and discerning the needs and the future direction of the Australian Church.