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Biennial Deacons' Conference 2022

The National Association of Deacons’ Conference will be held in October at St Joseph’s Conference and Retreat Centre, Baulkham Hills. Registrations are open now, with an early bird discount available until 22 July, and discounts for members of the National Association of Deacons.

4pm, 13 October to 2pm, 16 October 2022
St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
33 Barina Downs Road, Baulkham Hills

The National Deacons' Conference includes a number of high-profile speakers and the opportunity for attendees to meet the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo. Speakers include NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald speaking on “Deacons Missioning in a Church Without Walls”, Plenary Council Facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins on listening and service, and Anne Benjamin on how deacons can nurture a synodal Church.

Archbishop Charles Balvo will address the Conference dinner and celebrate the concluding Mass for the event.

The theme of the 2022 conference is “Deacons going into the deep – Speak Lord, Your Servant is listening”.

Held after the final session of the Plenary Council, the conference will be a time to consider how deacons can serve the needs of a post-Plenary Council Church.

The conference will also be a time to review how the ministry of the deacon can respond in a life-giving way at both local and national levels as we emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic.

Deacon Peter McCulloch of Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral Parish, Hornsby, recommends that anyone interested in the Church should attend. The event is an opportunity for deacons and their wives to attend, but is also for any lay people interested in deepening their faith.

Outline of the Conference (PDF 273.7KB)

Further information from Jill Franco, Diocese of Parramatta, at 02 8838 3400.


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Keynote presenters: Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, Plenary Council Facilitator, Lana Turvey-Collins, NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, and Anne Benjamin