Plenary Council

Plenary Council

The Second and final Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia was held in the first week of July 2022.

A Plenary Council is a formal meeting of the bishops and other representatives of all the dioceses and eparchies of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its purpose is to discern what God is asking of us in Australia at this present time. It has the authority to make church laws on the results of its discernment.

Two key questions – both theological and pastoral – have guided the prayer, reflection, conversation and discernment at each stage of the process:
* what is the Spirit saying to the Church?
* how do we become a more Christ‐centred Church?

Your parish theologian Elissa Roper attended the Second Assembly and contributed as assistant to the Drafting Committee from April 2022. If you have any questions about the Council journey, the final Motions which will become decrees, or would like to discuss anything further please feel free to contact Elissa.

You will find more information on the official website:

More information on what is a Plenary Council:

Masses and livestreams, including prayers, music, and open sessions:

Key documents: