The Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy

Annual Conference 2022

Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022
Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Vale NSW

An Invitation from the ACCC Chairman

My Lords, Fathers and Deacons,

It is my pleasure to announce our next ACCC Annual Conference. Much has changed in the world since we last gathered three years ago. The demands on clergy during this time have been exhausting. I invite you to join me at this year’s Annual Conference to renew your priestly zeal and enthusiasm. We will be joined by His Eminence Cardinal George Pell and hear from  Dr Robert Royal (President, Faith and Reason Institute; Editor, The Catholic Thing) as our international Keynote Speaker. We will also hear from Robert Falzon (menALIVE) and Fr Anthony Robbie. This year, the conference will return to the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales which boasts a tranquil landscape, beautiful chapel, well-appointed conference rooms and ensuited bedrooms. I hope you can join us in July for what promises to be another highly successful conference.

In Christ,

Fr Gregory Pritchard
Chairman, Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy

Dr Robert Royal | Presenter

Dr Robert Royal is the Founder and President of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington D.C. and is Editor-in-Chief of The Catholic Thing. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic Univeristy of America. He writes and speaks frequently on questions of ethics, culture, religion and politics and has appeared on various media platforms, including as a regular guest on EWTN Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over. Dr Royal has authored several books and published numerous articles including with First Things, Communion, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The American Spectator.

Presenter | Robert Falzon

Robert Falzon is, firstly, a devoted husband and father. In 2003, he co-founded MenALIVE, a national Australian Catholic ministry to men. Prior to devoting himself full-time to MenALIVE, Robert was a successful and awarded small-business owner. In 2011, Robert published his first book titled How to grow a Men’s Ministry. Since then, he has co-authored The Father Factor and authored Raising Fathers. Robert’s Christ-centred message for men will be a welcome contribution to our conference.

Fr Anthony Robbie | Presenter

Father Anthony Robbie is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Parish Priest of Bondi. He is the postulator of the cause of canonisation for Eileen O’Connor.


The Benedict XVI Centre features very comfortable, modern accommodation for up to 150 people in two separate wings. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and reverse cycle airconditioning. The Centre offers wifi in all buildings and common areas.

Beautiful Worship

The heart of the Benedict XVI Centre is its magnificent Romanesque Chapel with traditional pew seating for up to 150 people. Thanks to its beautiful artwork and comfortable cushioned pews, guests have found it to be a place of absolute serenity where they can truly reflect and find peace.

Scenic Bushland

Situated west of Sydney in Grose Vale, the Benedict XVI Centre is surrounded by lush natural wilderness. There are also onsite facilities for sport and recreation including a pool and basketball courts.

ACCC Conference 2022 Registration Fees & Information

Price prior to 24 JunePrice after 24 June
ClergySingle Room
Twin/Triple Share
Non-residential (all week)
Transitional DeaconsTwin/Triple Share$100$100
SeminariansTwin/Triple Share$100$100
Day RatesFull Day Tues/Wed (inc. lunch & dinner)
Half Day Tues/Wed (inc. lunch only)
Full Day Thursday (inc. lunch only, not Conf. Dinner)
Conference Dinner Only
Deacons (transitional or permanent) and priests who do not possess a Greater Sydney Ministry Card are required to obtain a Professional Standards Clearance from the Archdiocese of Sydney. Clearance forms are available here. Please submit the Clearance request to the Archdiocese of Sydney here. Once you have received the clearance, please forward it to Carmel Negline here.
Attendees are required to organise their own transport to and from the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre. The ACCC will not be facilitating any transportation. Please contact the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre for information on available public transport options.
If you are attending the entire conference, please arrive at the Benedixt XVI Retreat Centre between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on Monday, 4th July 2022. Upon arrival, proceed to the Cardinal George Pell Hall (large hall next to the chapel) to register and receive your room key. If you are attending for a day or the Conference Dinner only, we will contact you closer to the Conference with information about your arrival.
This year, drinks at Convivium will be pay-as-you-go. Cash, EFTPOS and Credit Card payment facilities will be available. Your registration cost includes drinks for any meals included in your booking. From Monday to Wednesday, Convivium is for clergy only. Seminarians are welcome to join Convivium on Thursday.
Annual General Meeting
Elections will be held for all Executive offices. More information will be forthcoming regarding nominations and the election. In order to attend the AGM and be elected to an office, you must be a paid member of the Confraternity. You can check your membership status by contacting me via the details below. To become a member or renew your membership, please visit our website: