Join us for a spirit-filled time of prayer, live keynotes, inspiring panel sessions. The virtual conference will aim to support priests, parish teams and individuals in their journey of parish renewal, while encouraging and equipping you in your Catholic faith.
If you’re new to Divine Renovation, this conference will be an experience of practical engagement of Fr James Mallon’s book (Divine Renovation) and a deeper understanding of what it involves and what it looks like in practice in Australia and New Zealand.
For those who want to begin but don’t know where to start, our panel sessions will highlight what other parishes have done in the first year and what you can expect. This will help you formulate a clear strategy on where to start.
For those already familiar with using Divine Renovation principles, the conference sessions will encourage and equip you in dealing with the deeper challenges and sustaining lasting change.
Registration for the conference is free! Register today to secure your spot at the conference. Once you register, we will be in touch with you closer to the date with the link to join.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]
Father James Mallon is pastor of St Benedict Parish, Nova Scotia, and founder of the Divine Renovation Ministry. The message of Divine Renovation has resonated in the hearts of tens of thousands of pastors and lay leaders throughout the world, and has inspired and motivated them to act and seek help in transforming their own faith community.
He is the author of the best-selling book, ‘Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish’, an engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate communities of discipleship and vibrant and dynamic faith communities.
Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization which engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 30 countries.
He is the bestselling author of ‘A Church in Crisis’ which exposes the damaging trends in Catholic teaching and preaching, that combined with attacks from secular society, threatens the mission and life of the Catholic Church. He is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
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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.