The risen Christ in the changing face of the priesthood


National Council of Priests of Australia News Story

Catholic clergy from across the nation will come together for the convention of the National Council of Priests of Australia, to be held at the Sebel Hotel in Parramatta this week (12-16 July 2010).

Together they will reflect on the changing face of contemporary ministerial priesthood and the risen Christ’s presence in the midst of this change.

Over four days, more than 240 bishops, priests and deacons, a broad mixture of diocesan and religious, rural and urban, those working directly in parishes and those in specialist ministries, young and old will be considering their ministry to be pilgrim leaders of God’s pilgrim people.

Fr Ian McGinnity, Chairman of the National Council Priests of Australia (NCP) and Parish Priest of Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill, said that this would be a time to reflect on the ministerial priesthood today and its role into the future within the Australian context.

“It will be an opportunity for priests to honestly face the challenges ahead and to renew their hope and vision that the risen Christ moves in and through this time.”

Within the convention a forum to discuss the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal will be held and the NCP General Meeting will take place.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, will preside at the conference closing Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday night. At the convention dinner which follows, Fr Ed Campion will launch Damien Williams’ book Sign of Unity, Instrument of Peace – A Short History of the National Council of Priests of Australia.

The National Council of Priests is an Australia-wide organisation of Catholic clergy who join together to support each other in their priestly ministry. Founded in 1971, the NCP is a professional organisation of clergy working for the good of all clergy and offering services to the Catholic Church. About half of all Australian Catholic clergy – about 1,650 diocesan priests and clerical religious - belong to the NCP. 

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