The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) is a ministry of the Sydney Archdiocese which supports Aboriginal people to live and express their faith as Aboriginal Catholics.

The ACM offers pastoral care and provides a sacramental program which encourages Aboriginal Catholics to experience the full life of the Church in ways that are culturally appropriate and respectful. The ACM holds regular Masses and can assist in Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions and Funerals. The ACM is also committed to the development of Aboriginal expressions of theology and spirituality.

The ACM is the interface between Aboriginal peoples and the Catholic Church. It gives voice to the concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is actively engaged in advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples. The ACM also aims to promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and social justice issues amongst the wider community.
The ACM is funded by the Charitable Works Fund. CWF Logo Colour



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The Church invites you to express the living word of Jesus in ways that speak to your Aboriginal minds and hearts. All over the world people worship God and read his word in their own language, and colour the great signs and symbols of religion with touches of their own traditions. Why should you be different from them in this regard, why should you not be allowed the happiness of being with God and each other in Aboriginal fashion?

Pope John Paul II - Address to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1986