2022/2023 Directory available 1 July

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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Welcome to The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia which appears now in its 2022 - 2023 edition. The Directory shows the diversity of communities and services which make up the Catholic Church in this country and beyond, but it also suggests how in all this diversity there is a unity of purpose in proclaiming the Gospel and serving the world at a very particular time.

The journey through the landscape of COVID-19 has continued throughout the past year, with vaccines providing relief and new variants creating uncertainty. A further sense of global anxiety has arisen through the invasion of Ukraine, which has implications for the stability of the world order. At such a time the Church is called to be a community of faith, offering the reassurance and solace which are found in the Risen Christ. This is the real story told in the Directory.

During 2022 the second General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will be celebrated in Sydney between Sunday, 3 July and Saturday, 9 July 2022. I invite you to continue to pray for the work after the Plenary Council which will, of course, continue long after the second General Assembly.

I take this opportunity to thank Sally Heath and Christine Moore from the office of the National Council of Priests for their work in compiling the Directory with a care that goes beyond efficiency. It is a real service of information and communication within the Church and, to that extent, a gift to us all as we make our way through current upheaval, confident in the enduring presence of the Lord among us.

The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
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