Mystery and Mission: The Art of Liturgical Celebration
Start Date: Thursday 28 September, 2023
End Date: Saturday 30 September, 2023
Venue: The Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: Various options on website
RSVP: See website
The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) and the National Liturgical Council (NLC) of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the National Liturgy and Liturgical Music Conference to be held at the Brisbane Hilton from 28–30 September 2023: Mystery and Mission: The Art of Liturgical Celebration.
International keynote presenters are Sarah Hart, one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music, and Dr Timothy O’Malley, professor of liturgical-sacramental theology and academic director of the Notre Dame Centre for Liturgy (USA).
These international guests will be joined by acclaimed local presenters: Rev Dr Tom Elich, liturgist and Director of Liturgy Brisbane, and Dr Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF, theologian and composer.
In addition to these keynote presentations, there will be more than 50 workshops on offer across the three days.
It is rare to have expert liturgical musicians, liturgists and educators together in one place for three days of focused input, so we encourage you to support staff members involved in religious education, music and liturgical preparation to attend this important professional development opportunity.
In addition to the high-quality keynotes and workshops, there will also be opportunities to participate in liturgies, engage in facilitated discussions, and build networks with liturgists, liturgical musicians and educators from around the country.
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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.