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RCIA National Conference 2018

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018





The conference is being held in Melbourne 11-13 October 2018, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.


The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting the national conference on RCIA. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese. For full workshop descriptions and registration details please visit TryBooking.


Praise and Worship Music in Liturgy

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Liturgist Bruce Morrill recently posted an article in PrayTellBlog about a Mass he recently attended in Slovenia where they incorporate Australian Hillsong music as part of the hymnody within Mass and then continue singing praise and worship songs after the Mass has concluded.


Does anything like that happen anywhere in Australia?


Your comments most welcome.

Happy New Year!

Angela Gorman - Monday, January 29, 2018

Welcome to 2018!


In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday!  It's hard to believe that our 2017 Conference was over 3 months ago!

We hope that those who attended have been able to apply some new insights gained, learnt a new song or simply applied a renewed enthusiasm to your ministry.


We are already working on our 2019 Conference so stay tuned for new announcements via this website.


May I take this opportunity to wish all our members and visitors a blessed Lenten journey 2018.


Keep singing!


Last Week

Paul Mason - Wednesday, September 20, 2017


There is only ONE WEEK TO GO to register for the Conference.

Register Today! Share with your friends!


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Paul Mason - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hi Everyone!

There are only 11 days left to register for our Conference in Perth!

The WA sub-committee are working frantically to bring you the very best APMN Conference experience. With an Opening Ritual on the gorgeous Scarborough Beach, Keynote Addresses, Plenary Workshops, 36 Breakout Sessions, a Showcase Concert with remarkable talent, Beautiful Liturgies, Conference Mass and our Conference Dinner - this is going to be an amazing three days!

Don't miss out...register now!

Workshop D-2 Sold Out

Paul Mason - Friday, July 07, 2017

David Haas' optional D-2 Workshop has now sold out. His Thursday Morning Keynote Address and Afternoon Plenary Workshop as well as his Saturday Morning Keynote Address and Afternoon Plenary Workshop will be delivered in the Main Hall and all conference attendees on those days will be able to attend these events.


There are now over 210 tickets sold and the conference is shaping up to be an event not to be missed!

Over 200 Tickets Sold!

Paul Mason - Saturday, July 01, 2017

This year's conference is shaping up to be a memorable event. As of 30 June we have sold 205 tickets. By popular demand we have extended the Early Bird deadline to 31 July.


David Haas' D-2 Workshop is getting close to capacity, so be quick to get your workshop preferences registered.



Workshop C-1 has sold out!

Paul Mason - Friday, June 23, 2017

Workshop C-1 has reached capacity (80 attendees) and is marked as SOLD OUT. You can still book workshop D-2, which is a repeat of C-1.

Avoid Disappointment - Register now!

Angela Gorman - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Registrations are flowing in fast now and popular workshop spaces are filling up quickly!

If you wish to attend your first choice in workshops, then register today to avoid disappointment.


The WA committee have been working hard in their preparations for this awesome Conference.  Brochures have been emailed and posted across the Nation.  It is wonderful to note that among our registrants we have Priests, Teachers, Musicians, Singers, Liturgy Coordinators, Diocesan Office Workers,Liturgists and everything in between!  What an extraordinary gathering it will be!


As of today there are only 133 days to go until the Conference begins!  Get those registrations in!

Brochures, Brochures and more Brochures!

Angela Gorman - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brochures Coming Your Way


We have been very busy this week preparing and distributing Brochures and Posters.  One should find its way to your parish across Australia within the next month or so.  If you don't see it - please do ask your parish priest or contact me directly


Before I go on...TEACHERS TAKE NOTE... You will receive 6 hours of accreditation, knowledge component, when you attend our Conference.  This is an added bonus in participating in what will be a spectacular event for the WA Catholic Church...and beyond!



With the kind permission of Bishop Justin Bianchini, I will be visiting Geraldton, WA to attend the Geraldton Diocesan Clergy Conference Day on Tuesday 4th April.  I will have the opportunity to speak to the gathering about our Conference, and to explain why it will be so very beneficial for all who attend.  What a great honour!  I will also be handing out our brochures for distribution in the diocese of Geraldton.


Similarly, with the kind permission of Bishop Christopher Saunders, we have sent off today a big bundle of brochures for distribution at the Broome Diocesan Clergy Conference next week.  I also hope to do a little video that will be played at the Conference - outlining the Conference details!  Stay tuned for this video to appear in this blog section!


Next it will be Bunbury Diocese who receive a visit, with the kind permission of Bishop Gerry Holohan.  This will happen at their Diocesan Priests Retreat at the end of June.  What a joy to re-visit my home Diocese to share my excitement about our Conference!  This will be a lot of fun!


Finally, the Perth Archdiocese, with the kind permission of Bishop Don Sproxton will be seeing a lot of me!  Being the host city, I will be visiting as many parishes as I can, personally, to promote just how awesome this Conference is going to be.  If you would like me to visit your parish, youth group, music group, parish committee/team or school to promote and explain the Conference program, please contact me directly at the above email address.  I also hope to speak at the Perth Priests Retreat Day later in the year.


So, it's going to be a busy few weeks ahead - how exciting!!


Watch this space for more updates as they happen!


Until then, stay joyful and give thanks!







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