Assembly of Catholic Professionals

Join the ACP...inspire, challenge, gather

The Assembly of Catholic Professional (ACP) provides an opportunity for business women and men to come together to network, share common values and engage with the leaders of the Church in the Newcastle, Maitland and Hunter regions.

The Assembly meets quarterly, over lunch, in a relaxed setting in the Newcastle CBD between noon and 2pm. We provide an environment which encourages discussion about perspectives on a broad range of challenging ideas. Speakers are chosen to inspire us with their unique story and how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in our challenging, modern world.

Guest Speakers and Schedule 

This year our theme is The Nature of Fear. ACP speakers from a variety of backgrounds and interest areas will inspire, encourage and challenge our thinking.

Dates  Speaker
Thursday, 9 March A Social Comment – Peter Lewis, Cartoonist
Thursday, 18 May Mental Health - Tanya Russell & the Under Construction
Thursday, 3 August Serving the Homeless - Orange Sky Laundry
Thursday, 2 November  Women in Leadership - Elizabeth Proust, AO

Previous Speakers

Past ACP speakers have engaged and entertained at each event. Learn about our previous speakers.

How do I join?

Learn about membership and join now.


The Assembly of Catholic Professionals will bring together key business, community and Church leaders from the Hunter region. Sponsors will be offered the opportunity to present their products and services to attendees. You will be acknowledged on all promotional material prior to and on the day of the event.

For details, email Fundraising & Donor Relations.

Contact Us Today

Business and Community Engagement

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
841 Hunter Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302

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Thursday 3 August
Fort Scratchley Function Centre

Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, Co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for the homeless. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 700 volunteers across the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect the community.