In introducing Dr John D’Arcy May, the chair of the diocese’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Council, Rev Christine Sheppard, said, “Isn’t it wonderful we can be together?”
She was, I’m sure, echoing the thoughts of many who had gathered to hear John explore the possibility of an “ecumenical identity”.
As the Missionary of Mercy for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Fr Richard Shortall sj has traversed the diocese in his motor home, bringing a quiet presence, a listening ear and most of all, God’s overflowing mercy, to all who wished to encounter it.
When an accomplished woman speaks about ‘women in leadership’, it’s hard to know who needs to hear the message most – men or women? Fortunately, both were present at the final lunch of the Assembly of Catholic Professionals on Thursday 2 November.
Students and young people from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are often engaged in activities that allow them to live out their faith in real and practical ways. From supporting music ministry to engaging with communities through social justice initiatives, attending youth days or helping out within their parish, students and young people have made extraordinary contributions to the life of the diocese.
A highlight of the International Women’s Day diocesan event in March was the announcement of the inaugural Magdalene Award winner, Margo Nancarrow of Rutherford. Margo has contributed, and continues to contribute, in the areas of liturgy, Special Religious Education, Catholic Women’s League and many others.