While the Bishop is the head of the Diocese and has final authority over all matters of governance, he relies on the advice and recommendations of Diocesan councils and advisory committees, which contain representatives from clergy, consecrated religious and lay members of the community.

By working together and listening to the experience of the different members of our community, the Bishop can ensure that the Church is responsive to the vast and diverse needs of people across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains while maintaining faithfulness to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Promoting a culture of synodality

We are committed to improving communication and collaboration between the different parts of the Diocese and have embarked on a synodal journey to encourage more listening and dialogue across groups. In addition to receiving ongoing advice from existing Diocesan councils and advisory committees, the Bishop has hosted several synodal consultations to gather input from the people of the diocese and held the first Diocesan Synod Assembly in October 2023.

How to get involved

If you are interested in getting involved in the governance of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, you can contact your local parish priest or the Diocesan Chancery. There are a number of different ways to get involved, including serving on a parish council, a diocesan committee, or the Pastoral Council.

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