A diocese is a portion of the people of God within a geographical area, entrusted to the pastoral care of a Bishop (Cardinal George Pell), who is assisted in his ministry by auxiliary bishops, priests, and deacons. The diocese remains close to its pastor and is gathered by him through the Gospel and the Eucharist in the Holy Spirit to constitute a particular local church. In this Church, the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ truly exists and functions. (cf. Code of Canon Law, 369)
What is the Vision and Mission of the Catholic Church in Sydney?
The vision and mission of the Catholic Church in Sydney is the same for the Catholic Church Universal. It is the Church’s mission to be a sign and instrument of communion with God and of unity among all people.
The first purpose of the Church is to be the sacrament of the inner union of people with God. Because our communion with one another is rooted in that union with God, the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race. In her, this unity has already begun, since she gathers all people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and times”; at the same time, the Church is the sign and instrument “of the full realisation of the unity yet to come” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 775.)