2015 Project Report now available

Access the findings of the Building Stronger Parishes study

What makes people feel they belong?

Research findings from the National Church Life Survey

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. 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

Click here to read more about the project and download a printable summary. 



A HANDBOOK FOR BUILDING STRONGER PARISHES: Case Studies, Reflections, Worksheets, Action Plans


In this new book, Dr Trudy Dantis draws on her ground-breaking research into factors that lead to parish vitality to provide Australian case studies with down-to-earth examples of what can be achieved in eight key areas that lead to stronger parishes: planning, spirituality and faith formation, liturgy, community building, welcoming and hospitality, outreach, evangelisation and leadership.

This work is supported by the ACBC Pastoral Research Office Director Robert Dixon’s helpful introductory articles enabling parishes to build up a comprehensive parish profile from readily available information.

The handbook is now available for purchase from: garrattpublishing.com.au


Friday 9 December, ACU St Patrick’s Campus
More details coming soon….




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, six sub-reports have been produced on various aspects of parish vitality arising from the research. These are available in hard copy and downloadable formats.




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







“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

Parish Vitality Toolkit

Click on the Icons below for ideas to renew your parish