25 November 2018 by

On Friday 09th November 2018, I joined Plenary Council 2020 Diocesan Coordinators from across the country. They were meeting to update each other on their progress in explaining the Council and in encouraging people to contribute their views. There was enormous variation in how much had been done and the
23 November 2018 by

Mercy Partners marked its tenth anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge at The Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane on Monday 19 November.   Gathered together were representatives from all of its ministries and the many people who have been part of the unfolding story of this
11 November 2018 by

Australian Catholic Bishops Statement: Respond_to_the_cry_of_the_poor Pope Francis World Day of the Poor message for 2018  Apostolic See: World Day of the Poor website     
30 October 2018 by

There was much in October that invited us pause and contemplate. Almost coinciding with the feast of St Francis of Assisi, Patron of Ecology, was the updated IPCC report showing that more strenuous efforts must be made to limit dangerous climate change. On the 22nd the Australian Parliament apologised for
30 October 2018 by

XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (3-28 Oct 2018) could well be a significant event in the life of the Church – universal and Australian. There is much that can be taken from both the process and the outcome of this Assembly. As a process it showed
18 October 2018 by

The newly founded Pontifical Public Juridical Person, Sophia Education Ministries took a big step forward with the appointment of its inaugural Board of Directors: Peter Pritchard (Chair) Elizabeth McClintock David O’Donnell Jacquie Shanahan Marie Leech Rita Carroll  RSCJ Sophia Education Ministries will be responsible for the three schools in Australia
16 October 2018 by

On Sunday 14th Oct 2018, Pope Francis declared Oscar Romero a saint of the Catholic Church. St Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador (Central America) from 1977 until 1980. He becomes a vocal critic of the oppression of the people by the government, army and
16 October 2018 by

Webinar with Sister Bonnie MacLellan (19th September 2018). This presentation is of the Canadian context but there are similar issues in Australia: more laity involved in Church governance, religious diversity, increasing secularisation, government funding of Catholic health care. Sr Bonnie is clear that Catholic identity is defined by its context
12 October 2018 by

Kate Birrell OAM, a Director (trustee) of Calvary Ministries recently received Catholic Health Australia’s top award. The following article from CHA’s Health Matters magazine provides the details. Be Brave About Change by Kerie Hull Kate (Catherine) Birrell was just  12 years old when she decided her life’s work would be caring
2 October 2018 by

Junno Arocho Esteves Source: Crux Oct 1, 2018   Caring for the sick, especially those near death, cannot be reduced simply to giving them medicine, but must include providing healing and comfort that gives their lives value and meaning, Pope Francis said. “Serene and participatory human accompaniment” of terminally ill