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.

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

New Resource for Pastoral Planning: ACMO

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Pastoral Research Office (PRO) has a mandate to assist the Catholic Church in Australia at all levels in understanding the cultural, social and personal dimensions … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Life, Ethics and Faith in Australian Society

Members of the National Pastoral Planning Network will find the recent publication from Christian Research Australia (CRA), Life, Ethics and Faith in Australian Society: Facts and Figures an invaluable source … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Resource Review: Becoming Catholic

This resource review is provided by Garrett Publishing Years in the making, and responding to the specific needs of Australian Catholic parishes and schools, the Becoming Catholic sacramental program has … Continue reading

26 September, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Word from our Chair (Spring 2014)

Welcome to the Spring edition of the NPPN Newsletter, SpiritWork. When I went to Brisbane for the first meeting of the new NPPN executive, my intention was to sit nearest … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Overview of Conference 2013

65 delegates from 27 dioceses and organisations around Australia attended the 2013 NPPN biennial conference held at the Mantra Legends, on the Gold Coast, between 28-31 May, 2013. Entitled One … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

David Couturier OFM Cap. to visit Australia

The Archdiocese of Adelaide is very excited to welcome David B Couturier, OFM. Cap, from 17-22 February, 2014. David has been the Director of Pastoral Planning in the Archdiocese of … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Pastoral Research Office, Conference 2014

The Pastoral Research Office Conference “The Beliefs and Practices of Australian Catholics” is a three-day interactive event that will involve parish leaders, parishioners, academics and professionals working within the Catholic … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Recent Year of Faith events in NZ

“Gifts Given Twice” Retreat A retreat, called “Gifts Given Twice”, was led by Amy Armstrong and Teresa Hanratty at Holy Cross Centre, Mosgiel, Dunedin, from 13-15 September, 2013.  Retreat participants … Continue reading

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Former Chair of NPPN appointed to Pastoral Research Council

Former Chair of the National Pastoral Planners Network (NPPN), Sophy Morley, of the Diocese of Sale, has been appointed by Archbishop Julian Porteous, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Administration … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Parramatta prepares for Faith in Our Future 2014

The Diocese of Parramatta is launching its Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, in February 2014.  Following a year of consultation in 2012 and a following year of review and … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Resource: Welcoming Newcomers to Your Parish

Parish newcomers come in all ‘shapes and sizes’: some might be newcomers to a parish or school, others might be complete newcomers to the Catholic faith and others might just … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Resources: Forming Intentional Disciples and Rebuilt

These two books have gained a wider readership not only in the U.S. but increasingly in Australia and New Zealand. Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples provides a refreshing analysis of … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Resource: Ave Maria Press Webinars

A resource that will be of interest to planners and ecclesial ministers is a series of free, professional development workshops made available by Ave Maria Press in the U.S. By going to … Continue reading

15 October, 2013 · Leave a Comment