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

Over 200 people attended Catalyst's forum on Sunday 2 April with Fr Frank Brennan sj, speaking on an indigenous voice to parliament. A video recording of Frank's prepared address is available for download. For more information about the event and to obtain access to the recording, click here.

Highlights of our upcoming events

The highlight of our programs in June will surely be Boston College Theology Professor and Australian priest Richard Lennan, who will be speaking  at Q and A in the Crypt, St Patrick's Church Hill from 1.30pm on Sunday 25 June.  See below for event details.


Our Next Event

Coming Up

Next SIP Event

Upcoming Events from Other Organisations

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.

18 June 2023     Dr Sr Catherine Thom rsj  formerly academic (history and theology) in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Lithuania
From taproot to rhizome: What you never knew about women religious’ lives, 1968-2008

More information:


Gabriel Marcel Institute of Philosophy

Conference:  T S Elliot and Religion

17 Augusta Street, Strathfield, Sydney NSW 2135.

Saturday 28 October, 2023

More information (including call for papers):