Twelve months ago, we were preparing to farewell my predecessor as Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord, following his appointment as Bishop of Wollongong. The news of that appointment was still ‘sinking in’ as 2017 came to a close. It proved to be only one of the changes that our Church of Maitland-Newcastle would have to face as we navigated our way through 2018.
It was a day of celebration for St Nicholas Early Education, Chisholm, as Bishop Bill Wright blessed and officially opened the centre.
In an effort to better serve residents of the Upper Hunter, CatholicCare Hunter-Manning opened brand new offices in Muswellbrook and Singleton this year.
The year 2018 will be most remembered for the implementation of system growth, improvement in leadership and service to our school communities.
As many members of the broader community would have observed – in Chisholm or Cardiff, Branxton or Booragul, Lochinvar or Mount Hutton − the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, through its property staff working through schools, parishes, early education, CatholicCare and the region as a whole – is building community, literally and metaphorically.