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Be a part of the pre-eminent Catholic marriage and relationship education and formation Catholic Conference across the Australia Catholic Church. Bringing together leaders and innovators, the Renaissance of Marriage Conference is a unique gathering of teachers, marriage educators, clergy and counsellors who are involved in and passionate about Catholic marriage and want to be part of building a dynamic marriage culture in our communities.

“The Renaissance of Marriage Conference is a important initiative and I am again pleased to be able to participate in this exciting event and to also spend time with delegates.”

– Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

From the Convenors

The Renaissance of Marriage Conference is Australia’s preeminent national gathering of Catholic leadership working directly and indirectly in the areas of marriage and relationship formation; be it within our schools and parishes, diocesan agencies or lay organisations and international movements.

The building on the past four of these highly successful national events, the 2019 conference promises to be the biggest of these gatherings to date and comes at a challenging but exciting time in the life of the Church. Running three parallel topic streams, focusing on youth formation (relevant to schools, youth ministry and campus ministry), pre-marriage formation (relevant to marriage preparation, fertility awareness and family planning) and marriage enrichment/support (relevant to lay movements, counsellors and therapists), the conference is a unique opportunity to hear about some of the effective and innovative initiatives, and to connect and network with other leaders across the country.

With its distinctive format of TED-like “Impact Keynotes” and follow-on “Deep Dive Workshops”, delegates will be exposed to some of the nation’s best Catholic thinkers and practitioners on the broad topic of Catholic Marriage formation at all its stages, along with the opportunity to go more deeply into your primary interest area with real experts and innovators.

Continuing in the tradition of St John Paul II, Pope Francis calls us to turn our attention to the practical applications of the magnificent theology of Catholic Matrimony in today’s world. This is a serious challenge and ROM19 is a means to share our ideas and insights, and to assist us to go forth nourished, resourced and with confidence in a world that to often fractured by broken relationships and widespread disillusionment.

Join us as we collectively discern and discuss how we, as the people of God and leaders in his Church, can continue to build a vibrant Catholic marriage culture in our many communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of this exciting national dialogue.

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Dr Byron & Francine Pirola
Directors, Marriage Resource Centre


Limited places available.

Early Bird until 15 May 2019.


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Available for volunteer mentors, clergy, religious and students

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Sponsorship Support Available

The ACMFC will provide sponsorship to interested individuals and couples which will contribute to the registration and related costs associated with attending ROM19.

Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council

A Council of the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement

Formation Sponsorship Program

The Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC) has a mandate to promote sacramental marriage; the role of parents as the first educators of their children in the transmission of the faith; and the Christian family as one of the Church’s most effective agents of evangelisation.

To support this mandate the Council has established a Formation Sponsorship Program.

The Formation Sponsorship Program seeks to support the formation of individuals and couples in the Catholic vision for marriage and family and to equip them to provide practical leadership and support for this vision in the broader community.