Mercy has travelled the roads of our diocese during this ‘Year of Mercy’. Mercy has “pitched its tent” at churches without a resident priest, to be present and available to the local people. Many have welcomed mercy into their lives.
According to websites dedicated to the various pilgrimages on offer around the globe − and there are many I can tell you − a pilgrim ‘is a traveller who has come from afar who is on a journey to a holy place or gathering who often makes their journey on foot’.
The House of Hospitality first opened its doors to men recovering from alcoholism in 1991, and since then has evolved into a drug and alcohol-free, safe place for families and individuals experiencing homelessness to stay while they search for accommodation.
Some of us are old enough to remember ‘vocations talks’ at school. Lest anyone doubt the effectiveness of these, reflect on the vocation story of Spiritan priest, Philip Doyle, currently ministering at Raymond Terrace and this year celebrating his golden jubilee of ordination.
The Catholic Development Fund (CDF) has been established in the diocese for almost 60 years. In that time, with the support of its many members, the CDF has enabled the diocese to make a real difference in the lives of countless people within our region.
Aurora is Latin for dawn, and in the lectionary, the dawn Mass of Christmas Day is called Aurora. When Bishop Michael Malone launched a diocesan newspaper which he named Aurora in December 1996, it was the beginning of a new era for the diocese.