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Consultation Process

During 2021, Dr Atat Li-Kim-Mui who is leading the Renewal with the assistance of James Hay from the Diocesan Chancery, met with the majority of priests and conducted consultations and workshop with all parishes in the Diocese. More than 230 parishioners participated in face-to-face consultations with more providing written submissions to the Renewal.

During the first half of 2022, the leadership team conducted a Parish Vitality Survey to which more than 950 people, from all sectors of the Diocese, responded. Included in the Survey was the opportunity for parishioners to send a “Message to the Bishop” – 650 messages were sent to Bishop Homeming.

Throughout 2023 and into 2024, each parish in the diocese has been/will be visited.  Results of the Parish Vitality Survey are being presented.  A second visit to parishes will involve Parish Pastoral Councils and Finance Committee members. The aim of these sessions is to look at what planning and action(s), if any, the parish may wish to undertake as a result of the Survey reports.

Some parishes may wish for a third visit during 2024 to support them with their planning.

Areas for Action

As a result of the consultations, several themes for action have already emerged and are proposed in three waves as a multi-year journey of renewal for the Diocese. This journey has commenced with the participation of clergy and lay people from the ground up, with the principle of collaboration, co-design and co-responsibility. The current areas of focus in the renewal journey are:

Diocese
  • Development of a model for a Diocesan pastoral council for the Diocese
  • Renewal of the Diocesan youth ministry function
Parish
  • Exploring inter-parish collaboration via regional workshops.
  • Preparation of lay-led liturgy material, protocols and processes for parishes.
  • Centralised information database for parish pastoral support.
Clergy
  • Design of protocols and processes for clergy induction into the Diocese
  • Design of Clergy and parish profile templates for introduction of new Clergy into a parish
  • In addition, a co-ordination group has been set up to oversee the above initiatives reporting to the Bishop and the Council of Priests.

Working teams have been established for each of these areas (link to working groups)

Renewal Working Teams

More than 100 people from throughout the Diocese have volunteered to be involved in this exciting renewal journey. They are drawn from all areas and sectors of the Diocese.

Diocese Focus: Development of a model for a Diocesan pastoral council for the Diocese
  • Steve Ellem, Casino – Coordinator   (Meet Steve – photo and video)
  • Margaret Gill, Alstonville
  • Deacon Anthony Gooley, Ballina (providing expert support)
  • Fr Paul McDonald, Kingscliff
  • Anne O’Brien, Port Macquarie
Diocese Focus: Renewal of the Diocesan youth ministry
  • Gemma Ballantine, Mullumbimby – joint Coordinator
  • Travis Lyon, Lismore – joint Coordinator   (Meet Travis– photo and video)
  • Bianca McInnes, Tweed Heads
  • Sr Di Moralde, Lismore
  • Fr Anselm Okeke, Ballina
Parish Focus: Exploring inter-parish collaboration via regional workshops.
  • Fr Roland Agrisola, Port Macquarie
  • Trevor Cooper, Sawtell, Coordinator  (Meet Trevor– photo and video )
  • Fran Davis, Coffs Harbour
  • Deacon Anthony Gooley, Ballina, (providing expert support)
  • Geoff Melville, Macleay Valley
  • Christine Wightley, Murwillumbah
Parish Focus: Preparation of lay-led liturgy resources, protocols and processes for parishes.
  • Kurt Challinor, Alstonville  (Meet Trevor– photo and video )
  • Mahalia Day, Casino
  • Deacon Anthony Gooley, Ballina, (providing expert support)
  • Peter McConnell, Kingscliff
  • Angela Orrego, Nambucca Valley
Parish Focus: Centralised information database for parish pastoral support
  • Currently under planning
Clergy Focus: Design of protocols and processes for clergy induction into the diocese and design of clergy and parish profile templates for introduction of new clergy into a parish
  • Matt Digges, Sawtell – Coordinator (Meet Matt– photo and video)
  • Cathy Donnelly, Lismore
  • Fr Alex Munyao, Lismore
  • Julie Nowland, Clergy Life and Ministry
  • Lew Wallace, Diocesan Chancery
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