Catalyst for Renewal

Seeking renewal through conversation

We are believers who are attempting to establish a forum for conversation within the Catholic Church of Australia. Our aim is to prompt open exchanges among the community of believers, mindful of the diversity of expressions of faith in contemporary Australia. This springs explicitly from the spirit of Pope John XXIII and Vatican II: “Let there be unity in what is necessary, freedom in what is unsettled, and charity in any case.” (Gaudium et Spes, n.92)

We are constantly aware of the emphasis placed by Pope Francis on the importance of dialogue and conversation with others - not only with members of our own faith tradition but with those who are ‘church shy’; or see themselves on the fringe of conventional religious experience; with those from other Christian churches and other faith traditions; with those of no particular religious affiliations at all; with some who do not believe in God… We firmly believe that we have much to learn from each other.

Information about Catalyst Events

Announcement Regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic

For the time being, Catalyst for Renewal has suspended its 2020 events program.

In particular, the following upcoming events have been cancelled:

  • Reflection Morning - Lawson NSW, Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Spirituality in the Pub - Paddington NSW, Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Reflection Morning - Hunters Hill NSW, Saturday 4 April 2020
  • Some other SIP gatherings scheduled in April have been cancelled including at least Southern SIP (Sandringham, Vic) and Jamberoo, NSW.
  • Central Coast (NSW) SIP have cancelled their April gathering.

We will continue to monitor announcements from health officials and will update this page as further decisions are made. It is of course our hope that our program will resume later in the year.  Please check this page for updates before attending any of our scheduled events.

Please note that at this time the following have not been cancelled and you may wish to keep these dates in your diary:

  • Sunday 28 June - Q and A in the Crypt with Robert Fitzgerald (Sydney)
  • Tuesday evening 15 September - Catalyst Forum with Joan Chittister osb

Either or both could be cancelled so please watch this website for information. Decisions about SIP gatherings and Reflection Mornings will be made as each event approaches. We will act in accordance with current advice, choosing to err on the side of keeping our supporters and the community safe. We apologise for the uncertainty.

For more information, please email

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