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Formation for Mission

formation For Mission 450"I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light: as part of an effort to make them more mission-oriented, to make ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open, to inspire in pastoral workers a constant desire to go forth and in this way to elicit a positive response from all those whom Jesus summons to friendship with himself."

(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 27)


The formation of the people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst is Christ centred and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is an intentional, ongoing and reflective process that focuses on the growth of individuals and communities from their lived experiences, in spiritual awareness, theological understanding, vocational motivation and capabilities for mission and service in the Church and for the world.


The intention of formation for mission is to enable: 

• deeper faith relationships with God, Church, self, others and creation 

• greater engagement between individuals’ lives marked by “accompaniment” in the service of others 

• a culture of dialogue 

• stronger commitment to and understanding of the various ministries exercised in faith communities  

• a deeper call into missionary discipleship.


Pope Francis 450"My mission of being in the heart of people is not just a part of my life or a badge I can take off; it is not an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening,raising up, healing and freeing."

(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 273)




The Diocese of Sandhurst is offering scholarships for studies in Theology and spiritual leadership in Semester II, 2024. The initiative aims to support the mission…
Friday, 26 April 2024 09:27

Liturgical Ministry Seminars May 2024

Liturgical Ministry Formation is Key to Full, Conscious and Active Participation of All at Worship.
Tuesday, 13 February 2024 13:10

Lenten Leaflets 2024

Every year, the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst publishes a series of prayer and reflection guides for each week of lent.
Friday, 01 December 2023 19:46

Sandhurst Diocese 2023 Advent Leaflets

With the help of Lyn Breen, the Diocese of Sandhurst has again prepared Advent Leaflets to help you prepare for Christmas.  Each Advent leaflet includes…
Sandhurst is again aiming to support the mission formation of parishioners by offering scholarships for  parish pastoral leaders and would-be leaders to study Theology or…
The Acts of the Apostles "Making Decisions with the Holy Spirit". Livestreamed over three Tuesday nights in June 2023, with scripture sholars Dr Rosemary Canavan…
Wednesday, 15 February 2023 12:53

Lenten Resources for 2023

The Sandhurst Diocese Lent leaflets for 2023 are now available.
Growing Faith Communities Today: Insights from the Genius of St Paul The four Sandhurst Scripture Talks on St Paul and accompanying study guides are available…
Tuesday, 22 November 2022 11:45

Advent Leaflets 2022

A simple resource to assist with reflection and prayer, drawing upon Scripture readings for Advent.
The Diocese of Sandhurst is again offering scholarships to assist Sandhurst parishioners to study online post-graduate courses in theology with Catholic Theological College, Melbourne. 
The Diocese publishes resources to assist with prayer and help us to navigate through life. Including Pathways for Seniors and Young Adults.