The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney exists to serve the People of God in the city of Sydney, including the Eastern, Southern, inner-Western and South-Western suburbs and the suburbs of the lower-North Shore.
Sydney is a city of more than 4 million people; within this area are 4 dioceses.
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Currently there are some 593,300 Catholics in the Archdiocese, with a total population of 2,223,102. The Catholic population is 26.7% of the total. There are 137 parishes, in the pastoral care of around 240 diocesan priests. There are 516 priests in total, including religious priests, working within the Archdiocese, including those on lesser duties and retired priests. There are 1,051 religious sisters and 189 religious brothers and 3 permanent deacons.
Statistics are taken from the Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia 2014/2015.
The Evangelisation Project is the Sydney Catholic Archdiocesan office for evangelisation and renewal.
We seek to inspire, support and initiate evangelisation in the Sydney Archdiocese so that it becomes our “deepest identity” and it can be said that the Archdiocese “exists in order to evangelise”.
We support and host works that enable people to encounter Jesus Christ and deepen their relationship with him in the Sacraments, Scriptures, teachings, traditions and community of the Catholic Church.
Sydney Catholic Youth
Sydney Catholic Youth is the Archbishop’s agency for youth and young adults within the Archdiocese of Sydney. Our mission is to walk with young people towards an ever deeper encounter with Christ, the Church and one another. We do this through three key areas:
- Parish Youth Ministry.
- NET Mission Team.
Sydney Catholic Schools / High School Student Catechist Program
The High School Student Catechist Program is a CCD initiative that trains senior high school students from Sydney Catholic Schools who, as part of their community service, help Parish Catechists to pray with and teach younger Catholic students enrolled in their nearby public primary schools.
At Notre Dame, students are part of a learning community where they are supported every step of the way.
Degrees and courses are offered in:
- Arts & Sciences
- Education (Teaching)
- Health Sciences
- Nursing & Midwifery
- Philosophy & Theology
Vocations Centre / Seminary of the Good Shepherd
The Vocations Centre serves to help people realise that we are all called to holiness (Lumen Gentium, Ch V). This means we are called to love: to love God and to love each other. The particular way that you live out that call to holiness is your vocation.
“In calling us God says to us: ‘You are important to me, I love you, I count on you.’ Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from here, the joy of the moment in which Jesus looked at me” – Pope Francis.
The Seminary of the Good Shepherd helps young men to discover the will of God for their lives. In their third year of training for the priesthood, seminarians undertake pastoral placements to become Parish Catechists who serve in public high schools as volunteer Special Religious Education (SRE) Teachers.
Charitable Works Fund
The Charitable Words Fund (CWF) is a centralised fund that supports the charitable and pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
It is your charity, the charity of the Sydney Catholic community and your local parish.
The Catholic Weekly is proudly Catholic, proudly counter-cultural, proudly in favour of life.
The Catholic Weekly strives to share our vision of the Church, the Lord and the life-changing possibilities of the Christian path with its readers, providing a degree of Catholic clarity for complex times.
The Catholic Weekly offers news of the Church at every level – from the parish to the world. Now, The Catholic Weekly does so in print every week and on digital platforms including our website and through social media.
The Catholic Weekly was first published in 1945, following on the heels of the defunct Australasian Chronicle and Freeman’s Journal.