The following statement was issued by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, then Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn (now Archbishop of Brisbane). It was made in May 2012.

A Year of Grace is the Australian bishops' gift to the Church to celebrate and renew our faith and life as Catholics. It will begin at Pentecost 2012 and is an exhortation from the bishops of Australia to "Start afresh from Christ."

The Year of Grace has been like a seed, being watered gently and growing with tender care. It comes from the bishops' reflection over a number of years on the Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (at the start of the new millennium).

This letter recalls the events in Rome during the Jubilee year of 2000 and the Pope's challenge to the whole Church to "contemplate the face of Christ."

We warmly welcome you to this site and hope that it will be a space of prayer; a place to seek resources and a place of information for you as we go on this journey together in the Catholic Church in Australia.

A holy time, given by God,
to start afresh from Christ,
contemplating his face,
and listening to his word,
that he may heal our wounds,
overcome all our divisions
and make us rich in hope,
so that we may show forth his face
and speak his word
to the world in new ways.

+ Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Chair, Bishop's Working Party – Year of Grace

See also: Archbishop Wilson's Pastoral Letter (PDF)
Read Pope John Paul II's: Novo Millennio Ineunte

Below is a short video clip, which was used to introduce the Year of Grace. Below, bottom, the four Bishops from the Working Party responsible for the Year of Grace speak about what they hoped and expected of this initiative of the Australian Bishops Conference.

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