As part of the ongoing celebration of the sesquicentenary of the arrival of the Dominican Sisters in Maitland on 10 September, 1867, Bishop Bill, assisted by Frs Anthony Walsh OP, Paul O’Neill and Maurie Cahill, presided at Mass at St John’s Chapel on 12 September.
Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, Dr Richard Gaillardetz, made a flying visit to the diocese on Friday and despite his lecture notes not accompanying him, managed to provoke and challenge an appreciative audience.
Jesus is reported as saying 'unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven'. Did he mean what he said or was he being idealistic? Do his words mean anything for today? I think they do, especially for Christian ministries in the light of the work of the Royal Commission and its likely recommendations for ensuring the safety of children.
For September’s Pints with a Purpose we were blessed to welcome Sr Melissa Dwyer, a Canossian Daughter of Charity currently based in Brisbane ministering with St Vincent de Paul and the Vocations Brisbane team.
Australians are called to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised, says the Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.
On Friday 15 September the Catholic Diocese of Maitland - Newcastle will facilitate a victim-led community event of atonement. Lina, a victim of abuse at the hands of a member of clergy in the diocese conceived this event as a means by which she could regain a measure of trust in the Church and some healing for our whole community.