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

Joan Chittister OSB delivers inspiring address to large audience in Sydney

Joan Chittister OSB addressed a Catalyst Forum in North Sydney on 31 May 2022, before a diverse audience of about 850. Joan spoke to the theme of her book, 'The Time is Now: a call to uncommon courage." She emphasised the role of prophets throughout history and encouraged our activism as or in support of today's prophets in their ongoing quest to speak truth to power in modern times. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We'll post more information about this event and some photos here soon.

Sister Joan has since completed the Brisbane leg of her Australian tour, which is now concluded. However we understand that there are efforts to arrange an additional,  virtual forum using Zoom, focusing on the Australian Plenary Council.  We are not the organisers of this event but will post information here as it comes to hand.


Plenary Council of the Australian Church

The first assembly of the Plenary Council was conducted from Sunday 3 October 2021 to Sunday 10 October 2021.

We followed the Assembly proceedings as they happened.  Should you wish to revisit the first assembly, information and links are available on our News page.

The second assembly of the Council will take place from Sunday 4 to Saturday 9 July 2022.  We will provide a similar log of the proceedings of the second assembly. Watch this page for further announcements.

The Council recently released 'The Framework for Motions' that will be the focus of the Second Assembly. It can be accessed from the Plenary Council website or directly here.

Our Next Event

Coming Up

Next SIP Event

Upcoming Events from Other Organisations

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.

17 July 2022        Anzac Day Sydney 1916.  An origin story: How the Anglican Church laid the foundations for Australia’s National Day of commemoration

Dr Darren Mitchell
formerly Director, NSW Anzac Memorial, Sydney.

Details at


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.

Australian Women Preach is now one year old. Read the press release and access the special anniversary podcast here. [Updated 8 March 2022]