As you know, I usually sit at my desk on Sunday evening to prepare this message in order to share with you, life in our diocese as well as some of what I have been reading. However, this week it has spilled over into Monday as Allen and I flew up to the Gold Coast for the weekend to catch up with our family. We had a good weekend, which was filled with everyone sharing food and conversations and lots of play time with all of our grandchildren.
We have 19,449 students in our diocesan Catholic schools of which 12,655 are Catholics and 6794 from other denominations.
I pen this message still filled with the overwhelming joy of having been present at the ordination of Bishop Brian Mascord, along with thousands of others, but most significantly with hundreds from our own Diocese. It was a most spectacular, enriching, powerful, spirit-filled, wonderful, joyous, beautiful occasion. It was indeed our church at its best.