Animated video details journey towards the Plenary Council

3 October 2021


As the First Assembly of the Plenary Council approaches, the Archdiocese of Brisbane have produced an animated video that explains how we have got to this stage.

A Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of all local churches in a country. This Plenary Council is being held to dialogue about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. It will be the first Plenary Council held in Australia in 84 years.

Nine Members from the Diocese of Parramatta will join nearly 280 Catholics from around Australia from many different backgrounds to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia,” according to the Council’s agenda.

“This is a truly exciting time for the Catholic Church in Australia,” the video explains. “May the Spirit lead us and inspire us.”

The First General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia opens with Mass at 2pm AEDT Sydney time (11am AWST) from St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth on Sunday 3 October. Key moments during the Plenary Council will be live-streamed between 3 and 10 October. They will include daily Masses, morning prayer for Plenary Council members and sharing of the fruits of discernment.

Watch the livestreamed Mass, daily sessions, and access other information on the Plenary Council website at

With thanks to the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

The first assembly of the Plenary Council will see nearly 280 members drawn from all Catholic dioceses in Australia, meeting online to discuss the Agenda questions from 3 to 10 October 2021. 

Find details on how you can participate in the Plenary Council’s daily Masses and livestreamed sessions, our Diocese’s response to the Agenda questions and further resources including theDiocesan prayer for the Plenary Council at

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv will say a special Mass this Sunday 3 October at 11am for the Plenary Council. View the livestream on the St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page.

The official First Assembly Opening Mass will take place at 2pm on Sunday in Perth and can be viewed here.

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