2015 Project Report now available

Access the findings of the Building Stronger Parishes study
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Rural Church Life

The emergency situation
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What makes people feel they belong?

Research findings from the National Church Life Survey
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The Building Stronger Parishes research project explores how Catholic parishes, in various contexts, use their strengths and available resources to respond to a variety of challenges. The aim of this research is to identify and analyse some of these initiatives in parishes throughout Australia, which can then be implemented in other parishes facing similar challenges. Particular emphasis is given to stories of vitality and hope that bring life to their communities and have an underlying foundation in an ecclesiology of communion.Graphix1

This website provides all information on the Building Stronger Parishes project and has several features which will be regularly updated. Please remember to check back for the latest information.




BSP Report 1 Community building, Welcoming (206x300)BSP Report 2 Mission Outreach and Evangelisation (208x300)BSP Report 3 Spirtuality and Faith Formation (206x300)

Following the Project Report published in May 2015 (see below), six sub-reports have been produced on various aspects of parish vitality arising from the research. These will be available shortly in hard copy and downloadable formats.




BSP Report 4 Liturgy (206x300)BSP Report 5 Leadership (206x300)BSP Report 6 Planning (206x300)







BSP Major Report Cover 13 May


This comprehensive print publication on the project is available now for order in hard copy and downloadable formats.


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“The more we  can share with others, the more we define ourselves by our letting go and the more we can make a difference in whatever way we can to people who have less”

Parish Priest, Montmorency Parish

“Hospitality is No. 1. You look after people like you would at home”

Parish Worker, Shepparton Parish

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  • A Parish Business Directory
    (Kings Park Parish, Melbourne)
  • A Bereavement Group
    (Montmorency Parish, Melbourne)
  • A ‘Fish and Chips’ Group
    (Shepparton Parish, Sandhurst)
  • A Conversation Group
    (Warnervale Parish, Broken Bay)
  • A Disability Support Group
    (Harris Park Parish, Sydney, Maronite Diocese)
  • A Playgroup
    (Myall Coast Parish, Maitland-Newcastle)


Parish Vitality Toolkit

Click on the Icons below for ideas to renew your parish