Recently I gazed, with combined feelings of pity and annoyance, at a contemporary photo of a large group of priests.
During the past week we have had the privilege of many events around the diocese featuring wonderful speakers and performers – Cardinal John Dew, Steve Angrisano, Bishop Mark Edwards, Professor Chris Sarra and other educational leaders and speakers at the Association of Catholic School Principals Conference which was held at the Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley.
I feel the need to begin this week’s message with the Gospel from John (14:15-21) for the Sixth Sunday of Easter where John speaks of Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit.
Tim Flannery is on a mission. He believes that human activity is drastically altering the earth's climate, and that before too long these changes will have a devastating effect on life on this planet. He wants to mobilise the social and political will to address this problem before it's too late.
Last week a small group of staff spent two days with CSO Aboriginal Education Officer Mrs Louise Campbell and her husband Terry visiting sacred Aboriginal sites and meeting Aboriginal Elders in the Maitland Newcastle area.