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Easter Message 2015

 Gathered as One Family in Celebrating New Life   As members of the Australian Defence Force we are very familiar with those ‘moments of remembrance’ as we gather silently and the Ode of Remembrance is recited. On these occasions we hear the sombre but noble words towards the end of the Ode: “At the going […]

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Pastoral Care

Basic Expectations for the Pastoral Care of Catholic Personnel  Part 1  The Context  1.   From the time of the Apostles those who are elected by the Father to be his people have responded to that invitation by answering the call of Jesus Christ to be his disciples. In that divine plan it is the total […]

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The Bishop’s Message for Pentecost 2009

BISHOP’S MESSAGE FOR PENTECOST 2009 Today we celebrate an event that many have called the birthday of the Church. I like to think that itis the day when the Church assumed its task of proclaiming the Good News of Salvation won for us by Jesus Christ. In that sense it may be considered to be […]

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The Bishop’s Easter Message 2009

“Brought back to true life with Christ” (Colossians 3:1) Above my desk there hangs a set of three icons that were given to my predecessor by the Military Bishop of Italy in the year 2000. These icons are copies of ancient icons from a church in Jerusalem. The set is called the “Three Centurions”. The […]

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The Bishop’s Leten Message 2009

A SEASON FOR HONEST COURAGE Part of our Catholic inheritance and heritage from the time of the First Covenant has been to embrace – as individuals and as community – a time of dedicated reflection and renewal of our intimate relationship with God. Contrary to what many might be saying to us, the lessons of […]

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The Bishop’s Christmas Message 2008

An Inspirational Image The birth of an infant is a powerful image that Christians reflect upon at this time of the year. The infant is Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God himself assuming our human nature and life. We humans like to see, touch, and smell things – it is part of […]

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The Bishop’s Easter Message 2007

THEY TURNED BACK IN HOPE “With that their eyes were opened and they recognised him, but he vanished from their sight. … So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them.” (Luke 24: 31, 33) One of the very well known passages in […]

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The Bishop’s Message for Christmas 2006

In the Service of Peace On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8 th ) the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI delivered his annual message for the World Day of Peace for 2007 (celebrated on 1 st January each year). The Holy Father took as his theme for the message “The Human Person, the […]

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The Bishop’s Message for Pentecost 2006

“And you too will be my witnesses .” (John 15:27) The Acts of the Apostles is the book in the New Testament that records the event of Pentecost and tells us about what effect it had on the disciples of Jesus. But the promise of Jesus to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples is […]

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The Bishop’s Message for Pentecost 2004

“ The promise is for you!”     My Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is only eight weeks since I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass, on a number of occasions, in St. Peter’s Basilica. I remember being deeply moved one morning to discover that the Sacristan had allocated to me the altar over […]

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