Event Terms



  • Friday 19 August 2022, 6 – 9pm
  • Saturday 20 August 2022, 9am – 5:15pm


  • Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral Precinct
  • Address: 2 St Mary’s Road, Sydney
  • Commences in St Mary’s College Hall

Concludes with the Vigil Mass in the Cathedral at 6pm


The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Parish Renewal Conference is an opportunity for clergy, parish leaders and parishioners to be renewed in the Church’s mission of evangelisation and equipped to strengthen their practical efforts through spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human formation in accordance with our archdiocesan mission plan Go Make Disciples.



Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, a Sydney local, entered the Dominican Order in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1991. Subsequently, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Sydney in 2003, bishop of Parramatta in 2010, and then archbishop of Sydney in 2014. At his installation, the Archbishop shared his vision for the Church in Sydney:

“My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teeming with new life; a Church in which our parishes, chaplaincies and educational institutions are true centres of the new evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing, and God glorified above all.”

Among the many pastoral initiatives Archbishop Fisher has introduced, he launched the “Go Make Disciples” mission plan in December 2020 to promote this joyful proclamation of the Gospel as the path of renewal for our parishes and pastoral ministries.

Dr Scott Hahn

Dr Scott Hahn is the Fr Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the Founder and President of the St Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church. Dr Hahn has been married to Kimberly for forty-two years. They have six kids and twenty-one grandkids. They also have one son ordained to the Diocese of Steubenville, Fr. Jeremiah Hahn.
As the author and editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent releases are titled Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body and It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion.”

NB: Dr Scott Hahn will be presenting his keynote address remotely from the United States

Archbishop Julian Porteous DD

Archbishop Julian Porteous DD was born in Sydney and ordained a priest for this Archdiocese in 1974. Having served in numerous parishes and as Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, he was then ordained an auxiliary bishop for Sydney in 2003. Archbishop Julian has been an advocate of the New Evangelisation called for by Pope St John Paul II. He was responsible for evangelisation and renewal in the Archdiocese of Sydney until his appointment as Archbishop of Hobart in 2013. His episcopal ministry in Tasmania has focused on the renewal of parishes, the encouragement of religious life, the development of youth ministry, marriage and evangelisation among numerous other initiatives.

Tania Rimac

Tania is the Alpha Parish Development Coordinator in the Parish Renewal Team, in the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation. She supports parish priests and parish teams in renewal specialising in mobilising teams in all things evangelisation and mission. In  2020 Tania completed the Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership course as part of the inaugural cohort and holds a Bachelor of Management majoring in Hospitality. She is a wife and mother of three children and enjoys road trips and hiking in her spare time.

Fr Chris Ryan MGL

Fr Chris Ryan MGL is currently the parish priest of St Declan’s, Penshurst and our Lady of Fatima, Peakhurst. His PhD explored the RCIA as a source for youth ministry in a secular age, and he is the founder and director of the Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership, which focuses upon formation for the Church’s ministry of evangelisation. He is the co-editor of Australian Catholic Youth Ministry: Theological and Pastoral Foundations for Faithful Ministry and a co-author of Preaching on Purpose: A Divine Renovation Handbook for Communicating the Gospel Today. Fr Chris is passionate about the need for parishes to be evangelising communities.

Fr Michael de Stoop

Father Michael de Stoop was born in Eastwood, a son of six children. He was ordained to the Priesthood on 8 June 2001. As a priest, he has ministered in numerous parishes such as All Saints’ Parish, Liverpool, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, St Benedict’s Parish, Broadway, and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Fairfield. Father Michael also served in various roles such as Master of Ceremonies to Cardinal Pell, the Director of Vocations, chaplain for Catholic Youth Services, and the NSW Chaplain for the Knights of the Southern Cross. Fr Michael was also invited to study at the Institute for Priestly Formation and Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, the USA during Summer Intensives where he completed a Masters of Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats. Then, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA. From 1 January 2021, Fr Michael commenced his appointment as Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd.



6pm Doors Open
Canapé Dinner

6:35pm Welcome

6:45 pm Keynote Address Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
My Parish: A Centre of Evangelisation

8pm Holy Hour with Archbishop Fisher OP

9pm Close


8:40am Doors open

9:15am Welcome

9:25am Keynote Address
Dr Scott Hahn
Live online
Evangelising Catholics: A Culture in Need of the Gospel

10:40am Morning Tea

11:00am Speaker
Fr Michael de Stoop
How to Allow the Holy Spirit to Lead our Parishes

12:15pm Break

12:30pm How To Session 1
Tania Rimac
Five Steps to Build an Invitational Culture

1:15pm Lunch & Expo

2:15pm How to Session 2
Fr Chris Ryan MGL
An Elusive but Indispensable Gift: Fostering Authentic Community

3pm How to Session 3
Good News from the Grassroots

3:45pm Break

4pm Keynote Address
Archbishop Julian Porteous
I Am with You Always: Living Christ’s Great Commission with Courage

5pm Conclusion

6pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change.



  • Payment of registration covers all conference content (talks, how-to sessions, etc.), as well as Friday’s canapé dinner, Saturday lunch, morning tea and after tea.
  • Registration prices:
    – Parishes within the Archdiocese of Sydney, $25 per person.
    – Parishes outside the Archdiocese of Sydney, $100 per person.
    – Booking fees apply.
  • Registration is essential to access the conference programme.
  • Group registrations require the name and contact details for each person.
  • For telephone assistance with registrations please call the Parish Renewal Team (02) 9390-5308


How do I register?

Information about registration is available here.

How do I notify the organisers about my dietary needs?

You may specify your dietary needs in the registration form. Please note that we can only cater for basic medical dietary needs such as gluten and dairy allergies.

Parking and Public Transport

All day paid parking is available at ENACON Parking and DOMAIN Parking

Options for public transport can found at transportnsw.info.

St James is the nearest railway station.

What times are Masses for this event?

The conference will conclude with the 6pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, for those who are able to stay.

For other Masses at the cathedral, separate from the conference, please see the Cathedral website.

Can I cancel my registration?

Should your circumstances change, cancellations will be accepted up to Sunday 14 August. Cancellations after this time will not receive a refund. For full terms and conditions click here.

Will there be live-streaming of the Parish Renewal Conference?

The Parish Renewal Conference is an in-person conference, giving us the opportunity to pray and be formed together, as well as strengthening community bonds within and among parishes. As such, it will not be streamed online. We do hope you can join us.

Will meals be provided at the conference?

Yes, the conference fee includes Friday night’s canapé dinner, as well as lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on Saturday.