Xavier School of Mission

The Xavier School of Mission aims to equip and form leaders in evangelisation at the service of the Dioceses of Queensland and beyond. It is a dynamic and flexible resource that places the Church’s mission to evangelise at the heart of Holy Spirit Seminary’s formative process.

It emerges from Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary’s commitment to a vision of the Church as a community of faith of all the baptised faithful (cf. Lumen Gentium 9), and seeks to form priests who are enabled for a rich collaborative ecclesial leadership and ministry. To that end, each year it opens its doors to leaders across the five dioceses of Queensland and beyond for the
Xavier School of Mission

The theme for the first Xavier School of Mission held in the Diocese of Lismore is: ‘Light of the world. Reaching into mission’. The theme asks us to take seriously Pope Francis’s dream of a ‘missionary option’, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self- preservation” (Evangelii Gaudium 27). 

In 2023, the first Xavier School of Mission held in the Diocese of Lismore will ask: 

• What does co- responsibility and collaboration look like in a missionary Church? 

• How are we listening to and integrating the gifts and questions of our young people into our missionary programs and strategies?

This formation experience includes prayer and reflection, lectures and small group experiences, Eucharist, as well as opportunities for one-to- one mentoring.

Please register expressions of interest for future Xavier Schools using the form to the right.

Notice: Registration for the 2023 Xavier School
of Mission is open until 7 June, 2023.

Register for XSoM 2023

2023 Event Dates

Wednesday 14th June – Friday 16th June 2023.

2023 Key Speakers

Bishop Greg Homeming OCD

Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF

Rev Anthony Gooley

Mr Gary Reen

Mr Shayne Bennett

Proclaim Lismore Wildfire

Fr William Iuliano

What is involved?

This year’s formation will take place at Invercauld House, Goonellabah.

What can you achieve?

Come for the experience of formation for mission in a community context.  The Xavier School of Mission may also contribute towards an undergraduate or postgraduate theology award program. Please email xaviercentre@acu.edu.au to discuss further.



A total cost of $500 includes five meals, morning and afternoon tea during the program, and an administration surcharge. Concession rates are available on a case-by-case basis.

Please note this cost does not include accommodation.  Accommodation is available at Invercauld House and will need to be arranged independently.

Contact Information 

For further information please email: xaviercentre@acu.edu.au