The Diocesan Assembly is the culmination of the Listening Sessions undertaken across the Diocese in 2017 and 2018. These were very productive meetings and I felt privileged to be able to hear your stories and insights. From these listening sessions, feedback was collated by Sr Noreen Dunne smsm into those matters that were regional, Diocesan and matter for the Church of Australia (or universal). These latter matters will go forward to the Plenary Council to be convened in 2020.

The delegates to this Assembly attended one or both of the Listening Sessions.  While they do not represent your parish or region i.e. promoting or advocating for the interests of your region; they are asked to bring their own experience, wisdom and knowledge of the Diocese as it is manifested in the regions.

This Diocesan Assembly will tackle those matters of a Diocesan nature that emerged i.e. those matters that can only be dealt with at a Diocesan level. The Diocesan Assembly will work towards making propositions for us to undertake God’s mission here in the Diocese of Rockhampton over the next 10 years. Essentially, our process is to read the ‘signs of the times’ in our own Diocese and discern how we can undertake the mission.  It is my hope that by the end of 2019 a Diocesan Pastoral Council will be established with the task of developing and implementing a Diocesan Pastoral Plan based on the propositions that we generate in these next few days.

It is important that we take forward the topics – not just go over what we already know – so that we can take genuine action as we move through the next 10 years.

I look forward to this exciting time in the history of our Diocese, and the next steps that will follow. I thank all our delegates for their willingness to give their time and energy to this process.


Most Rev Michael McCarthy
Bishop of Rockhampton