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Frequently Asked Questions

The aim of our Archdiocesan Synod is to discern the practical and Spirit-led actions that we, as the Archdiocese of Brisbane, need to undertake in the Implementation Phase of the Plenary Council.

These actions will take into consideration what is already happening across the Archdiocese that should be affirmed, what learnings can be harnessed and shared, and where the gaps and needs are.

SYNOD24 Session 1:

September 6th and 7th at the Xavier Centre, Holy Spirit Seminary 487 Earnshaw Rd, Banyo

Opening Mass (open to public):

Friday September 6th 9:00am – 10:00am at the Australian Catholic University Chapel, 1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo


SYNOD24 Session 2:

October 11th and 12th at the Xavier Centre, Holy Spirit Seminary 487 Earnshaw Rd, Banyo

Closing Mass (open to public):

Saturday October 12th 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Australian Catholic University Chapel, 1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo

There will be approximately 150 Synod Members representing the full diversity of our church.

A Diocesan Synod, like our SYNOD24, is required by canon law to include Bishops, members of the clergy, members of religious orders, theologians, canonists, and members of the lay faithful representing parishes, Archdiocesan agencies, organisations and communities.

Each Deanery will be asked to elect two parishioners as their representatives. If you would like to be considered for this role please contact your Parish Priest.

The aim of SYNOD24 is to vote on a series of actions that will help the Brisbane Archdiocese to implement the Plenary Council Decrees. However communities can discern their own actions that they can implement to reach out to those on the margins and participate more fully in the mission of the church. In fact, you are encouraged to do so! We are all called, as part of our Baptism, to be active participants in the life and mission of our church.

Consultation Guides and other resources will be made available for parishes, communities and agencies to engage with soon, so in the meantime read through the Plenary Council Decrees and start dreaming of ways you can contribute to a more co-responsible church on mission.

The focus of SYNOD24 is to discuss, debate and ultimately vote on a series of actions that will provide the pathway for our Archdiocese to begin implementing the decrees of the Australian Fifth Plenary Council.

More information on live-streamed elements of SYNOD24 will be available closer to the session in September.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called the Synod and Bishop Tim Norton SVD will serve as Chair.

Bishop Tim is working alongside Synod Executive Officer Steph Unger, the Synod Engagement Team and the Synod Writing Team to shape and guide the process.

Regular updates, announcements, and any changes to SYNOD24 details will be communicated through our official channels, including emails, website updates, and social media platforms. Please ensure you are subscribed and following for the latest information.

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