Australian Reforming Catholics


Conversation with Bishop Paul Bird - Bishop of Ballarat

On the 6th of July 2023 Bishop Paul generously offered to meet members via Zoom. Members of ARC and others interested in Church reform posed a number of questions to the bishop. These were presented in the spirit of Synodality.

The questions posed may be  read here. 

Annual General Meeting 2022

The AGM in 2022 was held on Thursday the 6th of October. It was held by video using our Zoom Room and had a strong attendance. Minutes of meetings may be obtained on request. Notes summarising discussion at this meeting may be read here.

Submission to the Synod on Synodality – July 2022​​​

Responding to the invitation of Pope Francis, an ARC group of women met and then prepared a submission to the Synod on Synodality.

They sent their document directly to Sister Nathalie Becquart, the Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Their submission can be read. 

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Special Workshop and Annual General Meeting 2018

This was held in the Dover Heights Parish Community Centre cnr of Dover Road and Napier St, Dover Heights on Saturday October 6th 2018 commencing at 10.00 a.m The purpose of this meeting was to prepare a submission to be presented to the Plenary Council 2020/21 on behalf of all ARC members. Twenty-two ARC members discussed the issues to be addressed and then wrote up the content for this submission. The document was then presented to all ARC members for comment and additions. You can read ARC’s submission to the Plenary Council here.

Previous Conferences

Since 2004, Australian Reforming Catholics has held several public face-to-face conferences on matters of faith, Church teachings, and other aspects of reform.

In more recent years, the onset of COVID-19 has restricted meetings and the convenience of video communication had enabled easier participation.

Although meeting in a large venue creates the opportunity to develop strong bonds among members, we now hope to continue to achieve this in other, more cost effective, ways.