National Pastoral Planners Network

The NPPN Executive serves the National Pastoral Planners Network whose purpose is to promote and strengthen a culture of planning for mission and evangelisation within the Catholic Church in Oceania. We engage pastoral research and best practices in church growth to offer experience, knowledge, resources and processes that enable dioceses and parishes to advance the mission of Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Spirit.

Message from the NPPN Chair (Spring 2016)

Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of SpiritWork, the newsletter of the National Pastoral Planners Network. There is much Good News to share in this new edition with developments from … Continue reading

21 September, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Diocese of Port Pirie: ‘To be His Hands and Voice (2014-2017)’

A Work in Progress At the opening of a recent Port Pirie Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting we prayed, “Give us patience with partial plans and fragments of the future, glimpsed … Continue reading

19 September, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Resources for Pastoral Planning from the ACBC Pastoral Research Office

“In pastoral care, sufficient use should be made, not only of theological principles, but also of the findings of secular sciences, especially psychology and sociology: in this way, the faithful … Continue reading

19 September, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Promising uptake of Renewing in Adelaide Archdiocese

  “Renewal” is the key initiative of the Adelaide Archdiocese which aims at the renewal of parishes, communities and schools, and the re-engagement of young people and young families. The … Continue reading

19 September, 2016 · Leave a Comment

‘Encountering Christ, Sharing our Joy’ in the Diocese of Cairns

Under the leadership of the Diocesan Synod, the Catholic Diocese of Cairns has developed a Diocesan Pastoral Plan (DPP) for 2016–2019, to provide direction for our Diocesan vision and mission. … Continue reading

19 September, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Message from the new Chair of the NPPN

(excerpt from Spirit Work Spring 2015)   As the newly-elected Chair of the NPPN, it is a privilege to serve the network and its members and, by our work, the … Continue reading

4 May, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Word from our Chair (Winter 2014)

For many years I was chaplain at Monash Hospital in Melbourne. It is a large public hospital with an extensive emergency care, coronary care and intensive care wards, plus a … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Auckland Diocese launches its Diocesan Pastoral Plan

The Auckland Diocese launched its Diocesan Pastoral Plan for the next five years, Fit for Mission (Takatu Ki Te Mau I Te Rongo Pai) on Pentecost Sunday 2014. The plan … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

News from the Archdiocese of Adelaide

Planning with Parish Pastoral Councils Pastoral planning happens at many levels and in various ways in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. At the local level, parish pastoral councils (PPCs) are encouraged … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Faith in Our Future grows

Since the launch of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan in Parramatta, our Pastoral Planning Office has been focused on supporting parishes and their leaders in familiarising themselves with the new pastoral … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tribute to Our Colleague and Friend Chris Ehler

In June 2014 our colleague, friend and executive member of the NPPN, Chris Ehler, informed us that he would be finishing up in his role as Project Officer on the … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Update from the Broken Bay Diocese

Pastoral life certainly does not slow down whilst the Diocese of Broken Bay awaits the appointment of a new bishop. Recent developments in the diocese include the completion of a … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tribute to Bishop Michael Putney

The National Pastoral Planning Network remembers with great affection and thanksgiving Bishop Michael Putney of the Diocese of Townsville who died in March of this year. Bishop Michael was a … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Michael McCarthy

On the 29 May, 2014, Michael McCarthy was ordained as Bishop of Rockhampton in St Joseph’s Cathedral, Rockhampton. On news of his appointment, then Bishop-elect McCarthy responded, “I am humbled … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment