Vision for the Archdiocese


The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is a part of the people of God found throughout the world. It is entrusted to the Archbishop as its pastor who sanctifies, teaches and governs the Archdiocese in union with the Pope.

The vision of the Archbishop with his Archdiocese is to bring all things together in the encounter with Jesus Christ. This is not achieved simplistically by applying some formula or new plan.

Indeed, “the programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its centre in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, John Paul II, 29). All are called to this life of holiness and salvation.

At the same time, however, specific pastoral initiatives are to be activated on the local level. All these are part of the work of evangelisation. They lead us to and flow from the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Animated by the “loving kindness of the heart of our God” (Luke 1:78), we are to place ourselves at the merciful service of all humanity, especially the poor and marginalised.

Hopefully, my episcopal motto proposes to the entire Archdiocese and beyond our motivating vision and direction – ONLY JESUS (Solus Jesus)

Archbishop Christopher Prowse