Being members of a Catholic Community has given us a deep identity, and a certain mission to foster a rich and authentic Catholicism, not only among ourselves but also to seek to share this renewed grasp of our Catholic faith with other members of the Church. The Community’s ministry and wide mission outreach of evangelisation is well known throughout Australia and in many other countries.
Way of Life
We understand ourselves as being a body in and for the Church. We desire to live in deep unity and spirit with the Pope and Bishops, and to be loyal to the teachings of the Magisterium. We find authentic tradition in the lives and writings of the Saints and Fathers of the Church. Members have a strong sense of the Sacraments in their life.
Members of the Disciples of Jesus eventually make a life-long commitment to live together a covenant reflecting God’s promise and love for His people.
The Disciples of Jesus Community had statutes accepted by the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn on 24 February 2012.
The Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community began in October 1979, and, on 1 September 1994, amalgamated with Hephzibah Covenant Community which began in February 1982. The amalgamated Community, which retained the name Disciples of Jesus, currently has branches in Canberra, Cairns, Sydney (North, South and Mountains), Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, Wollongong, Denpasar (Bali), Manila (Philippines), and Port Moresby and Mount Hagan in PNG. It now numbers about 1100 men, women and children. Since the early 1980’s the Community has been affiliated with other covenant communities throughout the world, and is a member of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships which is recognised as a private association of the Christian faithful of Pontifical right.
The founder of Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community Colin Sutton (left) and the founder of Hephzibah Covenant Community John Kennedy (right), with his wife Jan, meet Pope John Paul II. The two Communities amalgamated in 1994, and retained the name Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community.
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Community Gatherings are a chance to worship together and then hear teaching from a Community member with life experience and/or theological training. All in a relaxed and friendly environment.
We meet on Sundays for our Community Gathering. Times vary from area to area - see local area page for details