Public Juridic Persons in the Church: Conference Papers

“Public Juridic Persons in the Church Conference” was held in Sydney Australia in 2009. For some years, those in Church leadership have been exploring creative ways to maximise the potential of the laity to move into the governance of the Church’s human service organisations in a more significant way. Hence, the establishment of new forms of Church governance – the Public Juridic Person (PJP).

This Conference explored four aspects of the formation of these PJPs: The Canonical Dimension, The Lay Ecclesial Dimension, The Experiential Dimension and the Formation Dimension. The Keynote Speakers were:

  • Fr Francis Morrisey OMI, Canon Lawyer, Ottawa Canada
  • Dr Tony Hanna, Founder of a Lay Ecclesial Group, Ireland

13 other Australian speakers contributed thought provoking presentations on the various dimensions of forming a PJP;

  • Chris Rigby- Catholic Healthcare Ltd,
  • Michael Reutens and Sr Breda O’Reilly rsm - MercyCare Ltd Perth
  • Sr Isobel Moran sgs - Sisters of St John of God Australia Ltd
  • Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc - Mary Aikenhead Ministries
  • Br Dean McGlaughlin cfc - Edmund Rice Australia
  • Sr Sandra Lupi rsm, Sr Faye Kelly rsm, Sr Berneice Loch rsm and Sr Marie Melville rsm) – Mercy Partners
  • Pat Bugden - Little Company of Mary Health.
  • Sr Helen Monkivitch rsm – Mercy Health
  • Peter Nicholson – Christian Brothers Oceania Province.

This book contains 11 presentations from this Conference as well as a “Selected Bibliography on Sponsorship” by Br John Henry Thornber cfc.

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