AURORA EXTRA: My Home in L’Arche IMAGE Aurora Magazine

AURORA EXTRA: My Home in L’Arche

November 30, 2016 Ruth Anagnostis

I had the great privilege of living at Burwood House, Sydney for 2 years back in 1994/5 as an Assistant.

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AURORA EXTRA: Concern for migrant workers

November 24, 2016 Comments Margaret Ng rsj

On Tuesday, 15 November, I was invited to a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants, Canada’s François Crépeau, and was able to speak about the plight of Migrant Workers here in Australia.

 

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Welcome to Catherine McAuley Catholic College!

November 02, 2016 Comments Gerard Mowbray

Bishop Bill has announced the name of the diocese’s newest secondary school, Catherine McAuley Catholic College. Located in Medowie, the new secondary school will open in 2020, with building works set to commence in 2018.

 

Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion

November 02, 2016 Comments Hugh Mackay

Globally, religion is on the rise. Almost three-quarters of the world’s population identify with one of the great world religions − Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism − and the graph is pointing upwards. By the middle of this century, 80 percent of the world’s population will be identified with one of those four religions.

Sr Christine O'Connor: Heading home from Kununurra IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Sr Christine O'Connor: Heading home from Kununurra

November 02, 2016 Comments Kate Bartlett

In December, one of our Lochinvar Josephites, Sr Christine O’Connor, will return to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle after spending the last seven years in the Kimberley town of Kununurra. I was privileged recently to visit Christine and experience a glimpse of what her ministry involves.

Why resettlement is not the solution to the world's refugee crisis IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Why resettlement is not the solution to the world's refugee crisis

November 02, 2016 Comments Oliver White

Every minute of every day in 2015, some 24 people were displaced from their homes. That’s 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.

THE WAY WE WERE: Dancing in the rain on St Patrick's Day IMAGE Aurora Magazine

THE WAY WE WERE: Dancing in the rain on St Patrick's Day

November 02, 2016 Comments Eileen Chalinor

This photo of the St Patrick’s Day march was taken in 1959 in High Street, Maitland.

New units in Maitland ready for tenants IMAGE Aurora Magazine

New units in Maitland ready for tenants

November 02, 2016 Comments Kate Bennett

Recently the diocese completed the latest in its affordable housing developments, with nine brand new two-bedroom units ready for tenants within the Maitland city centre.

No cell is so isolated that it can keep the Lord out IMAGE Aurora Magazine

No cell is so isolated that it can keep the Lord out

November 02, 2016 Comments Deacon Gerard McCarthy

Mercy in prisons, you must be joking! Lock them up and throw the key away, that’s all they deserve.

Truth-seeking for 800 years and counting IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Truth-seeking for 800 years and counting

November 02, 2016 Comments Kevin Toomey op

This year the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) is 800 years old. Fr Kevin Toomey op shares something of its spirit and mission.

Ministry with survivors of human trafficking IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Ministry with survivors of human trafficking

November 02, 2016 Comments Margaret Ng rsj

Tracey Edstein met Sr Margaret Ng at a recent conference. She invited her to share something of her work with survivors of human trafficking. 

Sharing our faith stories with our children IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Sharing our faith stories with our children

November 02, 2016 Comments Melissa Fenech

In a recent Children’s Ministries newsletter published by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Office of Life and Faith, I invited readers to think about how they share their personal faith stories with the children in their lives. Why?

Humility and talent lead to success on the field for Noah IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Humility and talent lead to success on the field for Noah

November 02, 2016 Comments Alyssa Faith

Year 10 student at St Mary’s High School, Gateshead, Noah James, is sure to become a household name, sooner rather than later. When he’s not in class you can find him on the field saving goals for Australia.

New appointment for fearless advocate IMAGE Aurora Magazine

New appointment for fearless advocate

November 02, 2016 Comments Helga Smit

Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), Dr Maria Harries AM, has announced the appointment of Fr Frank Brennan sj AO as Chief Executive Officer of the peak national body for social services in Australia. CSSA represents a national network of 53 Catholic social service providers.

"Today I am a happy priest" IMAGE Aurora Magazine

"Today I am a happy priest"

November 02, 2016 Comments Camillus Nwahia

The diocese’s newest priest shares something of his story.

CARETALK: Anticipating retirement IMAGE Aurora Magazine

CARETALK: Anticipating retirement

November 02, 2016 Comments Tanya Russell

Q   I have been looking forward to retirement at the end of this year for so long. I have worked as a school teacher for many years and suddenly I feel lost and fearful. I don’t know who I will be or what I will do if I am not teaching. Can you suggest how to deal with my fears and forge into the unknown with positivity rather than fear?

Domestic violence: Remember the frog in the pot IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Domestic violence: Remember the frog in the pot

November 02, 2016 Comments Stacey Northam

Domestic and family violence is one of the most significant and visible contributors to trauma-related mental illness within our community, and can single-handedly create significant behavioural, cognitive and developmental impairment in children.

The Year of Mercy ends but Mercy endures! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The Year of Mercy ends but Mercy endures!

November 02, 2016 Comments Tracey Edstein

“It’s no use going back to yesterday,” wrote Lewis Carroll 150 years ago in Alice in Wonderland, “because I was a different person then.”

Taree Community Kitchen provides service with a smile IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Taree Community Kitchen provides service with a smile

November 02, 2016 Comments Lizzie Snedden

Volunteers, donors, staff, Members of Parliament and the wider community all watched with smiles on their face as Rev Brian Mascord VG blessed the Taree Community Kitchen. Their elation was fitting since serving wholesome meals to the public, with a smile, is what the kitchen is all about.

 

All Hallows E'en IMAGE Aurora Magazine

All Hallows E'en

November 02, 2016 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

Do you get involved in Halloween? If you have children, quite possibly you do. Quite possibly you kitted them out as ghosts or goblins and let them go 'trick-or-treating'. Perhaps other people's kids knocked on your door and perhaps you have learned to have 'candy' around the place, just in case.

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