Our first meeting for 2017 was held Wednesday 8 March at St Francis Pastoral Centre in Melbourne. Many members of our chapter attended the conference in Kurri Kurri in January. Members and guests of the Chapter shared reflections on the AAL Conference in Kurri Kurri. The meeting took the form of a round-table conversation, with particular contributions offered by Paul Taylor, Tony Doran, Bryan Cones, Tony Way and Jo Dirks.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 10 May, where Garry Deverell will lead a conversation about his proposal of an Australian liturgical Creole, which he offered as part of his reflections as a respondent to the keynote addresses at the conference. Many of our chapter members were intrigued and wanted to discover more about Garry's thinking about this.
Future meetings will look at connections between liturgical space and mission in September, and Paul Taylor will present a discussion of the life and legacy of Fr Bill Jordan, a long-time member of our chapter who died in 2013.
Garry Deverell stepped down from convening the Victoria chapter of AAL at the end of 2016 after gathering us for our regular meetings over the past couple of years. I am sure we would all want to thank Garry for his care of the chapter, to wish him well, and look forward to his continuing contribution to our conversations at future meetings.