PROCLAIM 2012 is a conference on the New Evangelisation organised on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference by the National Office for Evangelisation and Catholic Mission, and primarily sponsored by Invocare.
It will be an extraordinary three days for the enrichment of the faith for all Catholics – priests and diocesan staff and volunteers, married, young adults, clergy and religious.
The PROCLAIM 2012 conference will be held from 9-11 August 2012. It will be held at The Concourse in Chatswood, a business district just north of Sydney. It will be a key event in the Year of Grace, to be celebrated by the Church from Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013, an opportunity offered by the Australian Bishops to “start afresh from Christ”.
Archbishop Fisichella and Martha Fernandez-Sardina have kindly made available the text of their talks for PROCLAIM 2012.
1. What is the New Evangelisation and what does it mean for the Church – Archbishop Rino Fisichella
2. Personal Conversion – An Indispensable Key in Personal and Parish Evangelisation – Martha Fernandez-Sardina
3. Jesus and the Year of Faith Impelling the New Evangelisation – Archbishop Rino Fisichella
These texts will be invaluable for those who were present at the conference and want to recap on what was said, as well as for those who were not able to attend PROCLAIM.
Please click here to download yourself a copy.
A DVD will be produced showing the three keynote presentations. Please visit http://www.evangeliseaustralia.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=14&Itemid=50 to dowload an Order Form.
The first ever national conference for Catholics, focusing specifically on the “new evangelisation”, has been hailed as a “Spirit-filled success”.
Organisers predicted PROCLAIM 2012 – which wrapped up in Chatswood, on Sydney’s north today (Saturday, August 11) – would come to be recognised as a “water shed” moment in the life of the Australian Catholic Church.
Director for the National Office for Evangelisation, Marita Winters said feedback, both formal and anecdotal, proved that the event had “ticked a lot of boxes”.
“It attracted those who were interested in learning more about their faith and how to share it with others, and we covered topics as diverse as engaging with people with disabilities, attracting young people back to the church and equipping people in parishes to more effectively outreach to those disconnected from the institutional church.”
In a show of both solidarity and loyalty to the universal Church, Proclaim 2012 featured input from overseas guest speakers, including Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Vatican’s newly formed Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation and Martha Fernandez-Sardina, the Director of the Office for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the United States.
Mrs Winters said the input of Archbishop Fisichella was significant because it showed that the Vatican took a great interest in how the New Evangelisation was being embraced and implemented by Australian Catholics, while also recognising the Church in Australia was pioneering many innovative ways of spreading the Gospel.
“Some of our workshop presenters, as well as the stall holders that featured at our three-day expo, along with our workshop presenters, are literally at the cutting edge of ministry, mission, outreach and catechesis,” she said.
A highlight of the three-day gathering was a Youth Rally on Friday night (August 10), featuring live music, multimedia and hip-hop and krump dancing.
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Parishes, youth leaders, Church employees, priests, religious, volunteers, and musicians are all among those who have signed on for what promises to be one of the signature events of the Year of Grace, the PROCLAIM 2012 Conference on the New Evangelisation.
Director of the Office for Evangelisation, Marita Winters, said the response from right across the Church has been outstanding.
“We have been delighted with the range and variety of people, groups and organisations who have signed on for PROCLAIM 2012,” she said. “The strong response is a sign that people are looking for an injection of fresh energy, enthusiasm and skills for engaging in evangelisation and we’re working hard to ensure that PROCLAIM 2012 will provide all of that and more.”
She said registrations are filling fast, but can still be obtained.
The ACBC delegate for PROCLAIM 2012, Bishop Michael Putney, said the event will be a vital shot in the arm for individual Catholics, parishes, Church organisations, both in the development of personal faith and the sharing of that faith with the wider community.
“If the Church does not evangelise it will cease to be truly the Church,” Bishop Putney said. “In Australia we need to learn how to do this in a new way and with a new passion. The PROCLAIM Conference has been organised to help make this possible.”
PROCLAIM 2012 will feature a range of top international and local speakers, including keynote speaker, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Vatican’s newly formed Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Also delivering a keynote address will be international guest Martha Fernandez-Sardina, from the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the United States, who will speak on the importance of personal conversion in evangelisation. An extensive array of seminar sessions will be hosted by some of the most thoughtful and energetic laypeople, priests and bishops in the Church in Australia.
PROCLAIM 2012 will be more than just a conference though, with hundreds of young people expected to celebrate their faith at the Proclaim Youth Rally. The Rally will feature great music by the Harvest Band, multimedia, drama, and an inspirational address by Fr Chris Ryan mgl. The event is free, but registration is essential. The program also features a concert, open to all, featuring featuring Chris Pidcock, Cellist with the Sydney Symphony, and Evgeny Ukhanov, international concert pianist. They will be performing works by Sergei Rachmaninov and Cesar Franck. Special guest will opera singer, and ordained priest, Fr Paul Catchlove.
by John Francis Collins
As part the homily delivered at his installation as Archbishop of Brisbane on, May 11, 2012 Most Rev Mark Coleridge spoke the following words: “Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have sounded the call to a new evangelization, seeing this as the true purpose of the Second Vatican Council.” I suggest that there are two implications of this statement. The first is according to Archbishop Coleridge citing the two most recent popes, the purpose of the Second Vatican Council is the call to a new evangelisation. Flowing directly from this, the second implication is that it is in reading the documents of the Second Vatican Council that we might find what ‘new evangelisation’ means.
At a recent conference on Yves Congar and Vatican II, conducted at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, June 8 to 10, 2012, participants were treated to a rare insight into the theological perspective of one of the most influential figures of the Second Vatican Council. Keynote speakers at the conference included the eminent American ecclesiologist American Joseph Komenchak, the Editorial Director editions at the French publishing house, du Cerf, Gilles Herves Masson OP, Jan Gray RSM from the Jesuit Theological College in Melbourne and Ukrainian Catholic Church scholar Andrew Kania. Dr Kania is Director of Spirituality Aquinas College, Perth, WA and was Research Fellow Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, 2007-2009.
Bishop Peter Ingham, the Diocesan Bishop of Wollongong, has given his message of invitation for PROCLAIM 2012:
‘I have recorded a video message welcoming each and every Catholic, in Australia and overseas, to come to PROCLAIM. It has been translated into AUSLAN so it is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing people, too. Please send it to your friends, upload it to your Facebook page and help us get the message out about PROCLAIM. You might also link to it on your diocesan, parish or personal web page.’ —Bishop Peter Ingham.