If I could be so humble as to quote Pope Francis to paint a picture of my role as a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Ministries team, I would say that the role encompasses a space “where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the gospel”.
Let me share some of the joy, energy and variety of my role.
I remember the first time I ever felt frightened for the world and future generations. It was 11 September 2001. I thought World War III was imminent. It was a time when I learnt the word Jihad, or ‘holy war’, and to be fearful of Muslims and Islam.
While Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, is on annual leave, guest writers will contribute a message to the Diocesan Update. This week, Family Community Faith Coordinator, Melissa Fenech, shares some reflections.
While Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, is on annual leave, guest writers will contribute a message to the Diocesan Update. This week, Director of the Office of Life and Faith, John Donnelly, shares some reflections.
When the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gave the apology to the Stolen Generation in our national parliament, I was struck by the question posed by one of the radio commentators who asked an Aboriginal co-commentator, Why do we begin a lot of meetings, conferences, with a "Welcome to Country"?
Election fever is upon us, which means our news is filled with the election trail. The Australian Bishops have issued a statement titled A Vote for the Voiceless. This statement can be found on the Church’s national website www.catholic.org.au/election.