French Xavierian Sister Nathalie Becquart, recently appointed by Pope Francis as under-secretary to the Vatican Synod of Bishops, will address an Australian Cardijn Institute webinar on the theme “Lay People and Synodality” next month.
Sr Nathalie is the first woman to hold such a role in the Synod. In another first, in February this year, Pope Francis also appointed her as one of the Synod’s two under-secretaries.
The next Synod of Bishops, in October 2023, will take as its subject “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” The theme of “synodality” also features prominently in the agenda for the Australian Plenary Council, which will hold its first session in October.
Sr Nathalie originally studied entrepreneurship at the elite Haute Ecole de Commerce in Paris before joining the Xavierian Sisters. After completing her novitiate, she worked with the national team of the French Scouts movement.
She has studied theology and ecclesiology – specialising in synodality – and appointed as Adjunct Director of Student Pastoral Work by the French Catholic Bishops Conference.
Sr Nathalie will share her experience in these areas. Sarah Moffatt, acting chancellor, Adelaide Archdiocese, and Samuel Vermuelen, Perth YCW worker, will respond.