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.

Please note that at this time the following have not been cancelled so please watch this website for information:

    • Sunday 28 June - Q and A in the Crypt with Robert Fitzgerald (Sydney)

This event is now postponed until a date in October 2020, to be determined.

    • Tuesday evening 15 September - Catalyst Forum with Joan Chittister osb

This event is likely to be postponed. Please watch for updates.

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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