Activities & Initiatives

  • Works at building links between Australian clergy – bishops, priests and deacons.
  • Offers Associate Membership to religious women and brothers and the laity, to enable those who participate to support and encourage the objectives and works of the NCP.
  • Publishes a quarterly magazine The Swag which is available to all clergy and lay people.  The Swag is also available at www.theswag.org.au
  • Publishes The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia – print and online at www.catholicdirectory.com.au
  • Members Only web site –  www.nationalcouncilofpriests.com.au
  • Represents clergy at the annual meeting of the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry.
  • Joins with Catholic Religious Australia leaders and members at their annual conference.
  • Sponsors a biennial NCP Convention to which all clergy members are invited.
  • Sponsors the ongoing education of NCP members through bursaries.
  • Publishes on the NCP Members website the Clergy Contact List which is updated on a regular basis.
  • Maintains an active interest in Clergy Renewal.
  • Promotes research associated with creative pastoral programmes.
  • Initiated and supports the Australian Catholic Clergy Remuneration Assistance Fund (ACCRAF) which assists clergy working in poorer outlying dioceses of Australia.
  • Is a founding member and committee member of the International Committee of English Speaking Priests.
  • Works with and financially supports the National Association of Deacons (permanent deacons).