After the success of the 2020 National Catholic Men’s Gathering with over 1500 men participating around the country, the ACBC is conducting a similar event in 2021. Men are encouraged to continue registering for this free gathering by clicking the link down below. This will give men access to some wonderful talks and opportunities for prayer and reflection, to be renewed and inspired as they focus on core elements of Catholic manhood in the Year of St Joseph.
Once you have registered you will be given access to the content from July 31. In saying that, it is still our hope to bring men together in one of four (4) regional hubs as soon as we can so we can get together to engage with the content from some amazing men of faith and action.
How can I participate?
While you are able to participate individually, you are encouraged to attend one of the Diocesan hub spots that will be setup to host the webinar as special events at the following locations on a date to be advised in coming weeks.
Illawarra Region: Xavier Centre Wollongong: Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong. Key Contact: Peter Crowe 0407913696 [email protected] – with Anthony Rewak and Mark Hall
Southern Highlands Region: Bowral Parish Hall, Bundaroo St Bowral. Key Contact: Max Norden: 0414 733 823 [email protected] – with James Glynn
Shoalhaven Region: Nowra Parish Hall, 30 North Street, Nowra: Key Contact: Gary Egan: 0438 077 876 [email protected]
Macarthur Region: Rosemeadow Parish Hall, 80 Demetrius Rd, Rosemeadow. Key Contact: Eddie Ferry 0417 049 418 [email protected] – with Ryan Suares, Andy Adina and Ian Boorman
Feel free to let these men below know that you are interested in joining with them once we have the chance to do so.
Your registration will ensure you receive updates about the program, links to the webinar videos when they are available, and, for those wishing to attend at a hub spot, will give us the opportunity to ensure you are advised of the gathering dates.
Mission Director, NET Ministries & Director of Mission and Faith Formation, Holy Spirit Seminary
Teacher of Catholic Studies, St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour
Co-Founder of menALIVE
Director, Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong
Most Rev Julian Porteous DD
Archbishop of Hobart
Tomasz Juszczak is husband to Sarah and father of three young children. Originally from Poland, he has spent most of his life in Sydney where he currently works as the Director of Evangelisation Broken Bay. Tomasz has a background in youth ministry and a passion for spreading the Gospel message of love and life to others. He is a lay member of the Immaculata Community and holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
Shayne Bennett is married to Shanelle and they have three married children and eleven grandchildren. Shayne has worked full time in the Church for more than 40 years devoting his life to the Church’s mission with a special focus on initiatives in youth evangelisation, pastoral formation and the development of lay communities.
Shayne currently shares his time between NET Ministries, where he has the role of Mission Director, and the Holy Spirit Seminary where he is Director of Mission and Faith Formation.
The call to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) has been an inspiration to Shayne’s life and a motivation to continue seeking new ways of proclaiming the gospel from one generation to the next.
Tim Davis grew up in regional South Australia and after finishing an Education degree in Adelaide he moved to Melbourne to teach and study theology. He studied at Corpus Christi College and continued to discern God’s call before assisting with the Melbourne Archdiocese’s ‘Days in the Diocese’ initiative that led into WYD 2008 celebrations in Sydney.
During this time Tim met his wife Fran and they currently reside at Coffs Harbour on the beautiful North Coast of NSW with their four children.
Currently Tim is doing his best to serve God and His Church, love his wife and children while teaching Catholic studies at St John Paul College. When time permits he can also be found surfing some of his local breaks.
Robert Falzon is a husband, father, businessman, co-founder of menALIVE and published author. He is married to Alicia for 37 years and has four children; Isaac (33), Matthias (28), Chiara (23) and Shem (22). Robert is a Catholic lay man with a passion for finding effective and powerful ways to bring the message of the Good News to the good people in the parish pews and the street.
Since the founding of menALIVE in 2003, this ministry has delivered 450 events in 26 dioceses in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30,000 men. The purpose of menALIVE is to bring men together, to renew their faith on God and to encourage them to become an active force for renewal in the Church.
Robert published his first book in 2011, “How to Grow a Men’s Ministry”. It has become a very useful resource for men with over 4000 copies distributed. His second book co-authored with Dr Peter O’Shea, “The Father Factor”, was published in 2014. His most recent publication is “Raising Fathers”. He is also a presenter on Shalom Media, presenting a 12-part program “The Gospel of Life” and “Real Men” series released in 2018. His recent program is “Unburden”.
Jude Hennessy is married to Kerrie and they have two daughters. As the Director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation in the Diocese of Wollongong, he oversees support of parishes forming missionary disciples who embrace the mission of the Church to make Jesus known and loved. As part of this, Jude has a love of working with men and enlivening them to embrace their vocation, especially as husbands, fathers and vibrant Catholics. Jude is the producer and host of the weekly Catholic podcast ‘The Journey’ now in 20 Christian radio stations across Australia.
Archbishop Julian Porteous (Archdiocese of Hobart) was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney in 1974, before he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney by Pope St John Paul II in 2003. He was responsible for evangelisation and renewal in the Archdiocese of Sydney until his appointment as Archbishop of Hobart in 2013. Archbishop Porteous is a member of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, and is responsible for the Ecclesial Movements. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Tasmania and on mainland Australia, as well as overseas, and is Patron for Shalom Media Australia.
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.