Catalyst for Renewal

Seeking renewal through conversation

We are believers who are attempting to promote conversation within the Catholic Church of Australia and in the wider community. Our aim is to prompt open exchanges, 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)

A Spirituality of Conversation

Conversation is a process whereby we encounter others in a mutual search for what is true.

Conversation requires a willingness and ability:

  • To listen at depth for what is happening within me and between us,
  • To refrain from pre-empting the outcome,
  • To be transformed through this encounter with the other.

Conversation is much more than mere talk or discussion or debate or argument.

Conversation is at its best when the participants are together actively seeking to submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

A spirituality of conversation will emerge for participants as they give themselves to the process of conversation.

Breaking News

Congratulations to Robert Fitzgerald, one of our patrons, has just been appointed to the Australian Human Rights Commission for a five-year term as Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Renewal meeting for Catalyst for Renewal  - visit our News page for more.

Marea Donovan awarded AOM  -   Marea Donovan has been awarded an AOM for service to the Catholic Church in Australia.   Marea is a founding member of Catalyst for Renewal, a two times past President of Catalyst and the driving force behind SIP/SOS.   Congratulations Marea, and well done.

Global Synod update: Join prominent Australian broadcaster Geraldine Doogue as she follows two big events in the life of the Catholic Church in Australia and worldwide.  Continue..

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An interesting but disturbing survey of Catholic Women has been done by three members of University of Newcastle's College of Human and Social Futures. The link to the pdf is provided by the Grail.

Highlights of our upcoming events:

Our Next Event

Coming Up

    •  9 March 2024
       12:30PM - 2:30PM

    'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' Topic: “Dreaming of a constitutively synodal church?” Join us for a light luncheon with Guest Speaker Most Rev. Vincent Long van Nguyen…

    •  13 March 2024
       7:00PM - 8:30PM

    Women Deacons:   Why not now? Join our MC  Geraldine Doogue AO for a stimulating conversation with Speakers: SR ELIZABETH YOUNG RSM  &  GAIL GILL   Elizabeth is…

Next SIP Event

Upcoming Events from Other Organisations

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.

18 February, 2024 -   The woman of many names – Jane Hawthornthwaite.

Speaker:  Br Rory Higgins FSC, writer, historian, teacher and missionary.

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