18 May 2018
Adelaide in national spotlight
Media Release | Friday May 18, 2018
Adelaide in national spotlight as thousands gather for annual procession
As thousands of Catholics gather in the South Parklands on Pentecost Sunday for the annual Marian Procession, the local Church will celebrate the announcement that Adelaide is to be the venue for a historic national gathering in 2020.
Archbishop Philip Wilson will launch the Plenary Council 2020 initiative at the procession, which this year celebrates the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announced today that Adelaide had been selected as the venue for the first of two national gatherings to consider the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Hundreds of Catholic leaders from around the country will attend the Plenary meeting in October 2020 to discuss how the Catholic Church in Australia can continue its mission in a society that is changing and evolving. An extensive, nation-wide ‘listening and dialogue’ process will take place over the next year in the lead up to the Plenary 2020.
Archbishop Wilson, who for more than a decade has been a proponent of such a gathering, said he was delighted the first of two sessions would take place in South Australia.
“This will be a truly historic moment for the Catholic Church in Australia and it is an honour for the people of God in Adelaide to welcome their sisters and brothers from across the country and host such important conversations,” Archbishop Wilson said.
“The inspirational life and spirit of St Mary MacKillop will be a beautiful and powerful presence in the deliberations of the Plenary Council. Her courage and faithfulness are an example for those of us who are being asked to face our future with those same traits.”
The Marian procession has been held every year since 1949, making it the longest running religious event in the State. Parishes and migrant communities wearing traditional dress carry banners as they process behind the statue of Our Lady.
WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2pm
WHERE: Pilgrim Peace Park, next to Veale Gardens in the South Parklands
For more information, contact Jenny Brinkworth on 8210 8147 or 0438 727 677.