Brisbane Catholic Archdiocese Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan NOVEMBER 2020 – NOVEMBER 2022 (RAP)

The RAP was launched at a Mass at St Stephens Cathedral on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

The implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan will be piloted by the Parishes of Beenleigh, Bracken Ridge, Cleveland, Inala, Stafford and Zillmere.  Evangelisation Brisbane is the agency piloting the Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Reconciliation Action Plan is available here:

For use of the Archdiocese of Brisbane RAP Artwork, please contact RAP Project Manager Cynthia Rowan for a copy of the style guide and RAP artwork: rowanc@bne.catholic.net.au

For National Reconciliation Week 2021, the Archdiocese of Brisbane hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral. You can watch the highlights video here:

The Reconciliation Action Plan is a guide for all agencies and parishes to build respective relationships with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples to gain an understanding and appreciation of the effects of racism (systemic and casual), to acknowledge historical impacts of colonialisation on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and identify opportunities to build new pathways to address this through a series of activities and learning opportunities.

Want to find out more about what a RAP is and why we have one for the Archdiocese of Brisbane?
Download the flier here:

“If you want to know your past life, look at your present condition. If you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”― Padmasambhava

The quote by a Buddhist Monk reminds us of the importance in undertaking intentional actions together to build a better and brighter future for all of us by setting an example of Christian leadership through our love for one another.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

For liturgical resources, acknowledgement of country brochures (free) and plaques, understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and faith paper and many more articles.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Website provides information and resources to assist you plan or participate in NAIDOC celebrations. Due to Covid 19 NAIDOC will be celebrated nationally from 8th to 15th November 2020.

SEQ Murri Service Directory

The directory includes: accommodation, alcohol, tobacco and drug services, arts, children and families, community organisations, correctional centres, counselling services, cultural centres, education, elders, health, housing, kindergartens, legal and financial services, media, ministry, multipurpose, respite, and youth Services.

Australians Together

Is a not for profit entity and privately funded through philanthropists. Their focus is, “We bring Australians together by telling the stories that need to be told.” Resources are available to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s history and culture.

Share our Pride

Has access to introductory learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture and Resources for further enlightenment with a list of books, films and personal stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Reconciliation Australia

For information on the five dimensions of reconciliation (race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity and historical acceptance), and links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people telling their stories.

Narragunnawali program

Narragunnawali program online platform to support schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.


The Laurel Blow Speaker Series is for anyone wanting to grow in understanding with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brother and sisters and help make true reconciliation a reality.

This speaker series is named after Laurel because of the significant role she has played in our Archdiocese for bringing about reconciliation.

The last Laurel Blow Speaker Series event featured Archbishop Mark Coleridge publicly endorsing the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

Find out more about it here:


Please contact Cynthia for further information or how to implement the RAP in your Parish:

Cynthia Rowan

Reconciliation Action Plan Officer




(07) 3324 3599

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