Bishop Vincent invites you to the Alive in the Spirit Conference

17 June 2021


Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, invites you to participate in the Alive in the Spirit Conference, which is being held virtually from 8 to 10 July.

Read his full invitation below:

I am delighted to invite you to participate in Alive in the Spirit, an innovative virtual conference, from 8 to 10 July 2021.

This conference seeks to enliven and inspire the Church in Oceania through a variety of keynotes, workshops and enriching prayer and worship experiences, and calls us to new vision, new energy, and new life in our efforts to become the community Christ calls us to be.

How can we be people of new hope in the Holy Spirit is a theme addressed by the three keynotes: Lana Turvy-Collins (Plenary Facilitator), Fr Richard Lennan (Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College) and Leisa Anslinger (Associate Director, Pastoral Vitality, Archdiocese of Cincinnati).

The conference offers best practice for RCIA, how we engage beyond the margins of our faith communities, planning for mission and renewal, supporting pastoral care, social justice initiatives and much more.

Presenters are drawn from experienced pastoral ministers in Australia and New Zealand, including our own Diocese,  who offer practical, down-to-earth wisdom, resources and avenues of new life.

A variety of prayer spaces during the conference provide their own source of inspiration, while there are opportunities to connect with both exhibitors and one-to-one sessions with presenters.

The conference also ensures a number of scheduled networking sessions to enable all participants a chance to share their wisdom and learn from others in the mission field.

Three Catholic networks have combined forces to host the event – the Pastoral Ministry Network, Christian Initiation Australia Network, and the Mission Planners Network Oceania.

Through the generous support of the Diocesan Development Fund, the Diocese of Parramatta are a platinum sponsor of the conference. I am also grateful for the significant work of a number of our chancery staff in bringing this conference to life.

I fully support the Alive in the Spirit Conference, and warmly encourage you to take full advantage of this exciting initiative.

For more information about the Alive in the Spirit Conference, please visit


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