Councils, boards, committees and secretariats are appointed by the Archbishop to provide expert advice and assistance.
Within the Archdiocese the following councils, boards, committees and secretariats are appointed by the Archbishop to provide expert advice and assistance across a broad range of archdiocesan mission and ministry projects.Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgy
Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgy
The Archdiocesan Commission on the Liturgy:
- Assists the Archbishop who is the moderator, promoter and custodian of the liturgical life of the archdiocese
- Reviews the liturgical life of the archdiocese and identifies areas of liturgical need
- Provides a reference group for and works with Liturgy Brisbane in its publishing and educational activities
Archdiocesan Development Fund Board
The Archdiocesan Development Fund Board advises Management of the Archdiocesan Development Fund (ADF) on major matters connected with the ADF’s brief to provide loans, financial services and income to support the Church’s evangelising mission, pastoral priorities and ministry programmes.
The Board monitors the activities of the Fund and sets the limits for the range of loans and services offered.
Archdiocesan Finance Council
The Archdiocesan Finance Council advises the Archbishop on priorities for the responsible stewardship of the archdiocesan financial resources.
The Council provides pro-active advice on matters of long and medium term financial planning. The Council prepares a budget for archdiocesan income and expenditure for the coming year. It also provides an account of all income and expenditure at the end of each year.
Archdiocesan Services Council
The Archdiocesan Services Council sustains the Mission of the Archdiocesan Services Vicariate and ensures its integration in all Archdiocesan Services policies and makes recommendations to the Executive Director about other areas of possible integration.
The Council regularly reviews the Mission as part of its strategic planning process.
The Council considers, with the Executive Director, new areas of service that are consistent with the Archdiocesan Services’ Mission.
Catholic Education Council
With members from many areas of education and the Catholic community, the Council prepares and updates policies and guidelines for implementation in all Catholic schools administered by the Archdiocese. The Executive Director of Catholic Education is the Executive Officer of the Council.
Catholic Foundation Board
The Catholic Foundation Board advises Archdiocesan leadership in matters of philanthropic support and endowment fund management to sustain the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community.
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is appointed by the Archbishop to articulate and promote among Catholics and wider society the practical implications of the Gospel for living in today’s world.
The focus of the Commission’s work is right relationships with people and all of creation in the light of the way that Jesus lived. The Commission is guided by Catholic Social Teaching which identifies key Gospel-based principles necessary to achieve the common good. The Commission assists parish communities to understand and be proactive about justice, peace and ecology as an essential part of Christian life and mission. The Commission speaks officially on behalf of the Archdiocese on public justice and peace issues. Membership is clergy, religious and lay.
The Centacare Council is responsible for policy development and strategic planning for the delivery of Centacare services. The Council ensures compatibility between Centacare’s partnership with government and welfare agencies and the Church’s mission and directions.
Web: Centacare Brisbane
Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations
The Commission for Ecumenism & Inter-religious (formerly Interfaith) Relations assists the Archbishop in making practical ecumenism an organic part of the life and work of the Archdiocese.
Among its activities are promoting relations with other Christian churches, providing opportunities for ecumenical prayer, promoting local dialogue with other religious traditions, and developing appropriate educational resources and programs. In recent years, in response to Vatican encouragement and directives, the Commission has promoted Catholic understanding of and local dialogue with other religions, particularly Judaism, Buddhism and Islam.
Commission for Ministry with Young People
The Archdiocesan Commission for Ministry with Young People was created in 2004 by Archbishop Bathersby after the Archdiocesan Synod in 2003.
The Commission is committed to the Archdiocesan priority highlighting young people, requiring that young people are helped by a set of faith development opportunities to integrate their faith with everyday experience. The Commission seeks to work collaboratively with other Church bodies to ensure that Catholic young people between the ages of twelve and thirty have coherent and coordinated opportunities to encounter the person and vision of Jesus Christ.
Council of Deans
The 13 Deans meet regularly with the Archbishop to discuss matters of significance for the life and mission of parishes and deaneries.
Council of Priests
The Council is a group of priests who assist the Archbishop in the governance of the Archdiocese. The Council is guided by its own statutes as stipulated by Canon Law.
Resource Development Forum
The Resource Development Forum gathers a broad cross-section of people from the Archdiocese in order to identify new initiatives and serve as a sounding board for discussion of new fundraising strategies. Volunteer members include priests, school principals, Archdiocesan staff and benefactors.
Secretariat for Pastoral Councils
The Secretariat is a group of Catholics with pastoral council experience from parishes, deaneries and the broader Archdiocese who assist, support and network with pastoral councils around the Archdiocese.
The Secretariat assists with the organisation of annual events which provide formation, education, networking and support for pastoral councillors.