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Clergy members from all over Australia and New Zealand are congregating this week for the 2019 Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy’s National Conference at St Mary MacKillop Church and St Mary of the Assumption, Keilor Downs in Melbourne. The overarching theme is ‘Catholicism in the Public Square’. The conference began early this week and will conclude on Friday.
Sacred Liturgy is central to every conference run on an annual basis, which includes Masses, Holy Hour with Vespers, Benediction, Solemn Lauds and nightly conviviums hosted by the parish.
The conference will include a number of hot topics such as anti-discrimination laws by Patrick Byrne, pastoral care of the dying and bereaved in light of the state-sponsored euthanasia by Dr Colin Patterson; evangelising Catholic school families by Dr Gerard O’Shea; and the sacramental seal of confession by Fr Julian Wellspring.
The conference will also include a public lecture given by Monica Doumit who will speak on the topic of Religious Freedom.
The Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (ACCC) is a private, voluntary and fraternal association of Catholic bishops, priests and deacons of the dioceses of Australia.