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The First Assembly of Australia’s Fifth Plenary Council of Australia ran from 3 – 10 October 2021. The Second Assembly will run from 3 – 9 July 2022.

The Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) representative at the Plenary Council is the Chair of the CSSA Board, Francis Sullivan AO. He will provide a daily report on his experience of this momentous event for the Australian Catholic Church.

Mr Sullivan’s daily reports, for both Assemblies, appear with the newest at the top of the page.

The Journey

Blog by Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair Today more than any other, brought home to me that we are just four days into a 9-month journey. The Councillors are becoming more … Read More


Blog by Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair Today’s sessions enabled more participants to have a say. Passionate, heartfelt interventions on a range of issues so typical of a ‘Catholic free for all’! … Read More


Blog by Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair Today’s sessions have stressed the importance of listening as the key to the discernment process. Not as simple as it sounds. I certainly have entered … Read More

Opening Eucharist

Blog by Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair In today’s opening Eucharist Archbishop Tim Costello stressed that we are a Pilgrim People. For me, this means being a community humble enough to … Read More

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