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Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

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Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Opening of the Great Grace Conference - Address by Bishop Peter Comensoli

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In October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the Second Vatican Council (11 October 1962) was commemorated. To celebrate this, the Holy Father has called for a ‘Year of Faith’ for the Universal Church from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013.

Among the various events to celebrate this historic moment in the Church's history, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney hosted a major national conference from 20-23 May 2013, The Great Grace, receiving Vatican II today. The focus of the conference was the reception of the Council by the Church in Australia, now and into the future.

The opening address for the Great Grace conference was given by Bishop Peter Comensoli, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, on Monday 20 May 2013.

In the Archdiocese of Sydney, Bishop Comensoli is Episcopal Vicar for Life, Marriage and Family, Chair of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools (SACS) Board, and Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay, amongst other ministerial activities. At a national level, he is currently a member of the Bishops' Commissions for Church Ministry and for Mission and Faith Formation.