On 12th July 2018, I represented AMPJP at a meeting to discuss the possibility of developing formation standards for Catholic leadership and governance. The meeting was called by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) in response to a review they commissioned on their operations and structures. One of the recommendations was that they review formation for leadership and governance for recently appointed bishops, ongoing formation of bishops, and formation for all who are appointed to leadership roles within the Catholic Church.
This July meeting was as a follow-up to an April teleconference with participants from: ACBC, CHA, CSSA, NCEC, AMPJP, CRA, BBI-TAITE and ACU. The teleconference decided that a working group should discuss these issues further and suggest a way forward. ACU graciously hosted this full-day meeting in one of their meeting rooms on the 18th floor of their Nth Sydney building. The working group is comprised of representatives of ACBC, CRA, AMPJP, Catholic education, ACU and BBI-TAITE. There was detailed and broad discussion of the issues. We agreed we would proceed with drafting a document that could be offered to all those involved in Catholic leadership and governance. The process of writing and consulting on such a document is likely to take a couple of years but I believe it will be worth the wait.