September 2018, Executive Officer’s Report

30 September 2018 by

Spring is here. There is a warmth in the air, the days are lengthening and the plants are blooming. This is a great time to celebrate the Season of Creation (1st Sept- 4th Oct). While so many of the Church’s festivals have a date and symbolism that seems suited to the northern hemisphere, the Season of Creation  is perfectly timed for us. It is easy to appreciate creation and our place within it in Australia during springtime.

Over the past month, I have also seen growth and change within the Church and Australian society. I won’t repeat the many events and news which I have addressed in various website posts listed below.

In federal politics, we heard the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care and of a breakthrough on federal funding for Catholic schools. I know Catholic Health Australia and the ministries of many ministerial PJPs are actively contributing to the development of terms of reference for the Royal Commission. There are certainly systemic issues which the Royal Commission could highlight so there is hope of it making positive recommendations.  I am sure I am not the only person who cringes at each media report that the federal funding for Catholic schools represents a victory of our lobbying to benefit ourselves at the expense of public schools. I know our educational PJPs have a strong commitment to social justice for all Australians – not just the students in our schools.

We are more people of the Spring than of Autumn… Let us view the buds of a new world rather than the yellowed leaves on its branches. Let us not cultivate nostalgia, regret and sorrow: we know that God wants us to be heirs of a promise and tireless growers of dreams.

These were the words of Pope Francis as he reflected on the scripture “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21: 5). The Pope spoke of how God brings “newness and surprise” even in circumstances that initially appear hopeless.


New events listed on the website:

    • 2018-2019  AMPJP Council meetings
    • 19 Nov 2018 Pastoral Supervision Workshop
    • 13-15 2019 Mission: One Heart Many Voices Conference
    • 2-5 Sept 2019 Canon Law Society Conference


New website content:

The public news section of the AMPJP website now has the following posts:


Members of AMPJP can access the following news items that I have posted in the Member area of our website:


Looking forward to significant dates in Oct 2018

Please remember in your prayers all those participating in the Synod of Bishops on Young people, faith and vocational discernment (3-28 Oct 2018). Young people from across the world have contributed honestly and fully in preparation for the synod. May the Holy Spirit move the Bishops as they discern throughout the synod.


UN dates[1] Australian Dates[2] Catholic Church Dates[3] Other Spiritual Dates
01-Oct-2018 International Day of Older Persons Public Holiday (NSW, QLD)

Sleep Awareness Week

St Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor Simchat Torah (Jewish)
02-Oct-2018 International Day of Non-violence

World Habitat Day

The Holy Guardian Angels
04-Oct-2018 National Amputee Awareness Week General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment” (3-28 Oct 2018)

St Francis of Assisi

05-Oct-2018 World Teachers’ Day
06-Oct-2018 St Bruno, Priest
07-Oct-2018 Daylight savings starts
09-Oct-2018 World Post Day St Denis, Bishop and his companions, Martyrs or

St John Leonardi, Priest

10-Oct-2018 World Mental Health Day
11-Oct-2018 International Day of the Girl Child
12-Oct-2018 World Sight Day
13-Oct-2018  International Day for Disaster Reduction

World Migratory Bird Day

14-Oct-2018 Anti-Poverty Week
15-Oct-2018 International Day of Rural Women Foot Health Week St Theresa of Avila, Virgin, Doctor
16-Oct-2018 World Food Day

St Hedwig, Religious or

St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

17-Oct-2018  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr
18-Oct-2018 St Luke, Evangelist
19-Oct-2018 St Paul of the Cross, Priest or

Sts John of Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests and their Companions

Vijay Dashami (Dasera) (Hindu)
20-Oct-2018 World Osteoporosis Day
21-Oct-2018 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week World Mission Day
23-Oct-2018 St John of Capistrano, Priest
24-Oct-2018 United Nations day

World Development Information Day

St Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop
27-Oct-2018  World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
29-Oct-2018 Blue Knot Day
31-Oct-2018 World Cities Day