Fifth Plenary Council of Australia

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The four-year journey of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia is about to reach its high point, with Members gathering in Sydney this weekend (July 3) for the start of the Council’s second and final assembly. The first of two gatherings being held as part of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia was held from October 3-10. Read more - Members set to gather for second Plenary Assembly.

The Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of the church across the country and brings together Catholics of many different backgrounds, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern what God is asking of the Church in Australia. At the end of this long period of listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through the voices of the faithful, Australia’s bishops will vote on any future directions for the Church in our country. 

More information is available on the Plenary Council website 


07 Jul 2022

Second Assembly of the 5th Plenary Council of Australia

Day 6 - July 7 2022

Plenary Council Mass (Thursday, July 7, 2022) - The Second Assembly Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, celebrates Mass for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia on the Feast of Blessed Peter To Rot. Livestream will begin at 5.30pm (CST)

03 Jul 2022

Livestream schedule – all times listed are local time (CST)

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All livestreams can be accessed at

Other content is available on the website and the Plenary Council Facebook page.



Sunday July 3: 4.30pm – Opening Mass. Mass booklet here.

Monday July 4: 8-10.15am* – Opening Session; 5.30pm – Daily Mass, celebrated in the Ukrainian Rite. Mass booklet here.

Tuesday July 5: 8-9.15am*– Opening Session; 5.30pm – Daily Mass. Mass booklet here.

Wednesday July 6: 8-9.15am* – Opening Session; 5.30pm – Daily Mass  Mass booklet here.

Thursday July 7: 8-9.15am* – Opening Session; 5.30pm – Daily Mass Mass booklet here.

Friday July 8: 7am – Daily Mass; 8.30-9.30am* – Opening Session

Saturday July 9: 10am – Closing Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney (open to the public)


* End times are approximate, dependent on progress of proceedings.


10 Oct 2021

Plenary Council Closing Mass - Sunday October 2021

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia is a journey for the whole Church across the country. This is the livestream of the Closing Mass, celebrated at St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane and is officiated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).

Click here to view archived Masses and Livestreams of the Plenary Council Assembly (Oct 3-10).