Assembly of Catholic Professionals

Our next event: The Art and Science of Courageous Conversations with Michelle Gibbings

Breakfast at The Grove on Thursday, 28 October 2021 – 7.00am – 9.00am

Having penned three books, Michelle speaks internationally, passionately and prominently about better ways to lead. Her mantra is simple: help people thrive and progress is accelerated.

With an ever-changing world, increasing uncertainty and shifting expectations, getting results and achieving outcomes requires the ability to step up and into difficult and yet, crucial conversations. Michelle will talk us through skillfully navigating the art and science of these conversations.

New Date for Lunch with General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd):

Friday, 19 November 2021

Sir Peter Cosgrove is a retired senior Australian Army officer. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, he fought in the Vietnam War, receiving the Military Cross in 1971. General Cosgrove rose to prominence in 1999, when he served as commander of the International Force for East Timor, which oversaw the peacekeeping mission in East Timor during its transition to independence. In January 2014, General Cosgrove was named to succeed Dame Quentin Bryce as Governor-General of Australia. He was also named as a Knight of the Order of Australia.

  • ACP members can RSVP by contacting Jaclyn Ritchie ( or calling (07) 3324 3200.
  • Guests and non-members are welcome to purchase tickets. The cost of this ticket will be deducted from your membership if you choose to join the ACP after the event.


The ACP draws together over 200 professional men and women from business, healthcare, education, law, commerce, mining and other sectors. Though from diverse backgrounds, members and guests share a common interest in the Catholic life. The ACP luncheons are a wonderful chance to network and hear exceptional speakers address issues and trends in the life of the Church.

Since its first event in 2011, the Assembly has established a reputation for engaging local, national and international guest speakers who discuss their personal and professional experiences from a uniquely Catholic perspective.

The Assembly holds luncheon events in a relaxed setting in the Brisbane CBD throughout the year. Each lunch will begin at noon, have a firm ending at 2 pm with extended networking until 3 pm.

The Assembly encourages all those interested to become a member of this growing professional network in Brisbane. Your 12-month membership includes:

  • Three luncheons with an exceptional guest speaker and the opportunity to network.
  • An invitation for you and a guest to attend the members-only Christmas Party hosted by the Archbishop of Brisbane.

The ACP is a great opportunity to enhance your faith-life and build your professional network.

Membership Options

Join today and enjoy all of the exceptional luncheons and events held throughout the year.

$484 | ACP Membership
$302.50 | Young ACP Membership (professionals under 40)
$302.50 | Clergy Membership

Includes a member seat at all three of the ACP luncheons as well as an invitation to the Christmas event. All prices are inclusive of GST.

To join the Assembly of Catholic Professionals in 2020, complete the form.

Three things Assembly of Catholic Professionals members should know

  1. We know members are busy, so we ask that you RSVP the Monday before each luncheon for catering and seating purposes.
  2. All luncheons are included in your membership, so single events are non-refundable. However, you always have the option to send a friend or colleague in your place. Please email a minimum of 4 working days prior to luncheon with your replacement’s full name, email address and place of employment.
  3. Should you wish to sit with a colleague or potential business partner please email a minimum of 4 working days prior to the luncheon with your request.
Assembly of Catholic Professionals members

What our members are saying

“The Assembly of Catholic Professionals provides us with an opportunity to listen to the experiences of other Catholics and to share our own experiences as we continue on our journey of faith. The speakers have been great and have provided us with material for self-reflection and for family discussion. We are inspired by the faith and life experiences of the members and speakers, and value the fellowship fostered by the Assembly.” –Marjorie & Wayne Wessels, Wessels & Co

Past speakers

The ACP luncheons have grown a reputation for engaging local, national, and international guest speakers.

Previous speakers include: Noel Whittaker AM (personal finance expert), Colin McDonald (QC), Prof Paul Carding (Professor of Speech Pathology), Peter Carne (Public Trustee of Queensland), Art Lohsen (award-winning architect, Franck & Lohsen Architects), Catherine Tanna (Managing Director Energy Australia, serves on Reserve Bank of Australia Board), Tim Fischer AC (former Deputy Prime Minister, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See), Mark (Olympic Medallist and businessman) & Tracy Stockwell OAM (Olympic Champion), Br Guy Consolmagno SJ (Research astronomer, Director of the Vatican Observatory), Sophie York (barrister, naval officer, University of Notre Dame lecturer), Francis Sullivan (CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council), Tim Kirk (Australian Winemaker of the Year, CEO Clonakilla Winery), Matthew (environmental engineer, quadruple amputee survivor, co-author of Will to Live) & Diane Ames (civil engineer, co-author of Will to Live), Fr Brian McCoy SJ (Jesuit Provincial), Damien Frawley (CEO of QIC, former Wallaby)…

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