Concerned Catholics Wagga Wagga Diocese held its first meeting in Wagga on 26th October 2019. Between 180 and 200 attended. During the meeting, people were invited to indicate if they would like to be on a mailing email list. They were also asked if they would like to be part of the organising committee.
Please Contact Us if you would like to be put on our mailing list.
The organising committee is planning to hold similar meetings in Albury and Leeton in early 2020. Please watch our Events page for details when finalised.
Kerry Carmichael (Chair)
Katherine Klapdor (Deputy Chair)
Anne Brown (Secretary)
Denis Nickle (Treasurer / Assistant Secretary
John Goonan (Media / Communications)
Barry & Therese McFarlane
Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform - Our Call
Jesus inspired his disciples to form a community to proclaim and live the Good News of love, justice, equality, self-giving and hope. The institutional Church has failed to listen to its people thus alienating many through an emphasis on power, hierarchy and discrimination, with a lack of transparency and accountability. Australian Catholics have a responsibility to act now in ways that reflect the values of the Gospel, the vision of Vatican II and the best values of Australian society.
Our Call as disciples is to be:
o A Catholic Church that reflects Jesus’ message of love, justice, equality, peace and forgiveness
o A Catholic Church in which all people are directed by their conscience and assume their responsibility for the mission of the Church
o A Catholic Church which inspires its people to recapture an experience of the mystical and the spiritual
o A Catholic Church where God-given authority is used wisely and justly to propagate the teachings of Christ, and respects the role of the People of God
o A Catholic Church where all people, men and women, single and married, minister in a spirit of co-responsibility for the Church
o A Catholic Church that influences Australian society to be ever more just, compassionate and egalitarian
*The Coalition (as of June 2020) includes:
• Catholics Speak Out
• Catholics for Renewal
• Women and the Australian Church
• Australian Reforming Catholics
• Inclusive Catholics
• The Cyber Christian Community
• Concerned Catholics, Canberra Goulburn
• Rainbow Catholics InterAgency for Ministry
• For the Innocents
• Women's Wisdom in the Church
• Voice of Australian Catholic Laity
• The Cardijn Community
• Concerned Catholics, Wagga Wagga
• Communities of the Way
• Toowoomba Catholics for Church Reform
• Concerned Catholics,Tasmania
• Concerned Catholics, Wollongong Diocese
# Each of the groups has its own focus and history and all are united in the call for renewal in the Church. The Coalition is open to other groups who share this vision and identify with our Call and other initiatives.
# The role of ACCCR, established in 2012, is to foster collaboration and support among its groups and to disseminate messages of hope and opportunity, and on occasions to bring voices of like mind together to impact on a common purpose. It also has a key role to lobby for crucial structural change for the type of renewal in the Australian Catholic Church that is envisioned in Our Call statement. ACCCR does not initiate specific projects, rather it supports and adds value to projects initiated by its partner groups. Nor does it have individual members; if you wish to be more involved in our work, we invite you to become a member of one of our Coalition groups. For further information, contact the Convener by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*(Rev. 17 June 2020)
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