Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Relations

The Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Relations consists of approximately 10 persons appointed by the Bishop, with suitable expertise and/or experience. 

The Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Relations consists of approximately 10 persons appointed by the Bishop, with suitable expertise and/or experience, who reflect as far as possible the diversity present in the Church community (lay and ordained, women and men), representing various ministries in the diocese such as education and pastoral ministry.

Some particular areas of focus are:

Education and Formation:

  • educate and form Catholics in the Church’s teachings on relations with people of other faiths.
  • be a resource for the Diocese (bishop, curia, diocesan offices, people of God, and youth) in interfaith matters

Spiritual Development:

  • deepen our faith and understanding of our spiritual journey by sharing Catholic spiritual traditions with others who hold “a certain perception of that hidden power which hovers over the course of things and over the events of human history” (Nostra Aetate 2)

Collaboration for Justice:

  • initiate, encourage and develop practical ways of building bridges of understanding between religious communities, including the Indigenous community
  • recognize ways in which Catholic teachings on justice, peace and care of creation coincide with the beliefs of others
  • support and encourage interfaith advocacy and collaboration on issues of mutual concern

Presence and Liaison:

  • represent the Diocese in interfaith affairs
  • collaborate when appropriate with the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and other Catholic Commissions for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations as well as interfaith bodies in Australia and elsewhere
 

For further information please contact:

David Patterson
Phone: (02) 9847 0514
Email: david.patterson@dbb.org.au

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001
news@dbb.org.au

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