About Us

The establishment of the Association of Ministerial PJPs Ltd (a Company Limited by Guarantee) on 5 May 2016 marked an historic development for the Australian Church in relation to lay ecclesial leadership.

 

The Association of Ministerial PJPs (AMPJP) brings together the MPJPs of some of Australia’s major Catholic health, aged and community care, and educational organisations. This umbrella body allows the canonical stewards of these MPJPs to interact formally with Bishops, Church agencies and, importantly, with one another.

 

The ministries of Ministerial PJPs often choose to belong to the peak Catholic body for their sector (e.g. Catholic Health Australia – for health and aged care; Catholic Social Services Australia – for welfare services and National/State Catholic Education Commission – for schools). These bodies typically: advocate member views/interests with government/other bodies; support members build their service capacity and assist members advance their Catholic identity. AMPJP aims to work collaboratively with other peak Catholic bodies where there is a shared role.

 

AMPJP has the unique roles of developing/supporting MPJP canonical stewards and of representing MPJPs collectively.

AMPJP Annual Report 2019-2020

AMPJP Organisational Structure 12 May 2020

AMPJP Strategic Direction 2020-2023

Mission

In fostering the ministry of canonical governance, the Association of Ministerial PJPs, supports its members, as an umbrella organisation, to flourish individually and together in communion with the Catholic Church. AMPJP facilitates Ministerial PJPs collaboration on common issues and communion with the wider Church.

Vision

Our Vision is for flourishing, vibrant Catholic ministries governed by well-formed Canonical Stewards, continuing Jesus' mission in Australia and beyond in the 21st century.

Values

inclusive, relational, collaborative and prophetic.

Objects and Aims
The charitable objects of the new Association identified in its constitution are:
  1. offering a contemporary, encouraging example of Christ’s mission at work in the world – “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
  2. actively enabling the co-responsibility of laity and clergy for the life of the Church and its ministries
  3. facilitating collegial interaction between canonical stewards of the member PJPs
  4. providing the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia, their respective members and other Catholic entities with a point of liaison with member PJPs and their canonical stewards
  5. supporting canonical stewards in their ministry of governance by -
    1. fostering the capability of current and future canonical stewards, including through facilitating formation activities and qualifications to support canonical stewards and their staff
    2. facilitating access to canonical governance and related advice
    3. communicating to the member PJPs relevant matters of significance
  6. promoting and proclaiming Catholic identity as an integral part of the PJPs ministries.
Members

The number of Members of the Company is unlimited and open to a legal entity representing a Public Juridical Person or an Association of Christ’s Faithful.

Current Members

Governance

Council

Each member of the association appoints a representative. At the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Melbourne on 25th August 2019 the following were elected for a two-year term as members of the AMPJP Council (Board of Directors):

The 2019-2021 AMPJP Council is:

  • (Chair) Eva Skira AM (representative of St John of God Australia)
  • (Deputy Chair) Moira Najdecki (representative of Good Samaritan Education)
  • (Treasurer) Professor Peter Steane (representative of Catholic Healthcare)
  • Sr Julianna Drobik OP (representative of Dominican Education Australia)
  • Rosemary Copeland (representative of Kildare Ministries)
  • Jennifer Stratton (representative of MercyCare)
  • Richard Haddock AO (representative of Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries) (replacing Dr Tessa Ho)

Below is a photo of all of the member representatives at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Back: Peter Pritchard (Sophia Education Ministries) ; Moira Najdecki (Good Samaritan Education); Professor Peter Steane (Catholic Healthcare); Kieran McCarthy (Mercy Partners); Jennifer Stratton (MercyCare)

Front:  Rosemary Copeland (Kildare Ministries); Dr  Tessa Ho (formerly  of Mary Aikenhead Ministries); Eva Skira (St John of God Australia);  Julianna Drobik OP (Dominican Education Australia); David Penny (Calvary Ministries)

Missing: Richard Haddock AO (Mary Aikenhead Ministries) and Phil Billington (Edmund Rice Education Australia)

 

Executive Officer: Lawrie Hallinan