Public Juridic Persons in the Church Conference

Sydney, Australia February 2009

A Public Juridic Person is a legal entity under canon law that allows the Church’s ministries to function in the name of the Catholic Church. Religious Institutes, Dioceses and same Lay Ecclesial groups are PJPs. Increasingly, religious Institutes and Lay Broups are forming new PJPs to be responsible for the Church governance of their ministries and charitable works.

This Conference explored four aspects of the formation of these PJPs: The Canonical Dimension, The Lay Ecclesial Dimension, The Experiential Dimension and the Formation Dimension. The Keynote Speakers were:

  • Fr Francis Morrisey OMI, Canon Lawyer, Ottawa Canada
  • Dr Tony Hanna, Founder of a Lay Ecclesial Group, Ireland

13 other Australian speakers contributed thought provoking presentations on the various dimensions of forming a PJP;

  • Chris Rigby- Catholic Healthcare Ltd,
  • Michael Reutens and Sr Breda O’Reilly rsm - MercyCare Ltd Perth
  • Sr Isobel Moran sgs - Sisters of St John of God Australia Ltd
  • Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc - Mary Aikenhead Ministries
  • Br Dean McGlaughlin cfc - Edmund Rice Australia
  • Sr Sandra Lupi rsm, Sr Faye Kelly rsm, Sr Berneice Loch rsm and Sr Marie Melville rsm) – Mercy Partners
  • Pat Bugden - Little Company of Mary Health.
  • Sr Helen Monkivitch rsm – Mercy Health
  • Peter Nicholson – Christian Brothers Oceania Province.

This book contains 11 presentations from this Conference as well as a “Selected Bibliography on Sponsorship” by Br John Henry Thornber cfc.

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