News and Press

Parish Vitality and the Environment

By Trudy Dantis

Published November 2014 in Pastoral Research Online – Issue 18, Page 2

Research from the Building Stronger Parishes project shows that there are many ways through which parishes are able to convey a sense of hospitality and caring to their parishioners. One such way was by making sure the parish itself was cared for and looked inviting. Continue reading –>


What can parishes do?
Ideas on ecumenical initiatives from the Building Stronger Parishes project

By Trudy Dantis

Published July 2014 in Pastoral Research Online – Issue 14, Page 1

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The recipe for a thriving parish

By Clare Deignan

Published 08 January 2014 in Australian Catholics magazine – Summer 2014

With the election of Pope Francis, parish priests have noticed an increase in Mass attendance. After decades of waning attendance numbers, this news is heartening, but keeping parishioners returning week after week based on papal enthusiasm could prove to be difficult. So what’s a parish to do? Continue reading–>


St Benedict’s parish Canberra an authentic witness to Christian life and welcoming community

St Benedict’s Parish – MGL sisters make final vows at packed ceremony

Media ReleaseBy Mark Wei
Published online 20 March, 2012

St Benedict’s parish in Narrabundah in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is one of 20 parishes identified by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Pastoral Research Office (PRO) as having something a little bit “special” in its latest research project “Building Stronger Parishes”. Continue reading —>



Building Stronger Parishes

By Martin Dixon

Published April 2011 in The Swag

I was funded by the NCP to liaise with the ACBC Pastoral Planners at their conference in Wellington, NZ, just 2 years ago. That liaison has grown over the past two years, mainly in informal ways and then in a very strong way in a research project by the ACBC Pastoral Research Office. I place a summary of this project here for your information, and a few more items that have sprung up from NCP funding in past years. Continue reading –>


Building Stronger Parishes – NPPN Report Feb 2011

By Trudy Dantis

Published Autumn 2011 in The National Pastoral Planners Network Newsletter, page 5

The Building Stronger Parishes research project is currently being conducted by the ACBC Pastoral Research Office to explore 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. Continue reading –>