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 - Updated January 2021

We continue to monitor public health orders and to maintain our commitment to keeping our supporters and the community safe. Our 2021 program will proceed with a mix of face to face events and online forums.

Our program of Reflection Mornings will recommence in March at both Hunters Hill and Lawson. COVID-safe plans will be in place. At Lawson, attendance is limited to 20 participants to comply with the four square metre rule and pre-booking is required. The hall at Hunters Hill is of adequate size to accommodate our gathering.  You will find the Reflection Morning programs under the 'At a Glance' heading at top right of this page. Details of each event will appear on the Events menu as they become available.

The SIP program has been greatly challenged by the pandemic. Some groups will resume in face to face mode this year, whilst other local committees are in discussion with the operators of their venue to agree on mutually acceptable arrangements. At Paddington NSW the March and April meetings will occur online as Spirituality on the Sofa and decisions about subsequent meetings will be taken later in the year. Please monitor this site for further updates.

A dinner with Robert Fitzgerald AM  planned for Hunters Hill in March has been cancelled . Instead we offer a forum in its place.   Please see details below.

Please watch for further information. If you have questions in the meantime, please email

Catalyst Forum with Sister Joan Chittister OSB

We remain hopeful that the event originally scheduled for September 2020 will be rescheduled.

Ticket holders for the Sr Joan forum are offered two alternatives:

  • you can request a refund of your purchase by sending an email to; refund requests will be processed within 14 days of receipt, to the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
  • otherwise, your tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled event, when that is determined. (In this case, there is no need to contact us - we will keep you informed of further changes.)

If you select the second option, we'll be sure to inform you of the revised arrangements and your ticket price will be protected against any increase that may apply (due, for example, to increased travel costs for Sr Joan or if our preferred venue is not available for the alternative date). You may of course still request a refund at any later time.


Thank you for your ongoing support of Catalyst for Renewal through these difficult years.  We so look forward to welcoming you at our events in 2021 whether face to face or online. In either mode we assure you of uplifting conversation. Stay safe!


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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 to find out more.