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.

Plenary Council of the Australian Church

The first assembly of the Plenary Council commenced on Sunday 3 October 2021.

Information and links to assist you to follow the Assembly proceedings as they happened are available on our News page.

Breaking News

Our long-term Catalyst member and former president, Mrs Marea Donovan has been honoured by Pope Francis by admission as a Dame to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great. Marea's award was bestowed by Archbishop Anthony Fisher on behalf of Pope Francis, at a ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral on 3 December 2021. For more information, visit our News page.




Upcoming Events from Other Organisations

Raising the voices of Australian women preaching the Gospel

A new podcast Australian Women Preach will feature 30 Australian Christian women preaching the Gospel. An initiative of Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) and the Grail in Australia, the podcast will highlight and share the voices of women breaking open the Word of God in ways that are meaningful to people today.   Click here to access the podcasts.