The Gospel tells us that Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled from their homeland for safety. Pope Francis has recently named St Joseph as “the special patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.”
‘He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God’- John 1:10-13.
As a priest of the Diocese, Mission and Outreach is not always an easy thing to do. But the fact of being out there living out the gospel values and making positive impacts in people’s lives, makes me a happy person.
My name is Rose-Marie Mahoney and I wish to share with you a little of my experience of returning to the Catholic Church of Maitland-Newcastle and how it relates to the foundation of Identity and Community.
The Archibald portraits, embroidered silk vestments, glass rosary beads, and wooden cabinets filled with leatherbound editions that line the hallways of Cathedral House are as beautiful as they are important markers of time.