My Lords, Fathers and Deacons,
Before departing this world, the Lord Jesus instructed his disciples to “Go into all the world, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!” The Church responds to this command in every age, including our own. I invite you to join me at this year’s Annual Conference to renew your missionary zeal and enthusiasm. We are blessed to be hosting Dr Robert Royal (President, Faith and Reason Institute; Editor, The Catholic Thing) as our international Keynote Speaker. Dr Royal’s presentations will dovetail with those of Robert Falzon (menALIVE), Lorraine McCarthy (CAM Mission Team Leader, Animating), and Fr Gregory Bellamy (Parish Priest of Orange, NSW; ACCC Vice-Chairman) on the topic of priestly mission and contemporary culture. 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.
Fr Gregory Pritchard
Chairman, Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
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.
Founder and Coordinator, menALIVE
CAM Mission Team Leader (Animation)
The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre is a purpose built retreat centre established by the Archdiocese of Sydney as a facility to support the spiritual life of the Archdiocese. The Centre boasts a chapel inspired by the classical design of the early Roman basilicas, as well as numerous ensuited bedrooms and expansive grounds.