60th Anniversary International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Military Diocese will take part in the 2018 International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes 18-21 May. The Australian Catholic contingent with be led by Monsignor Peter O’Keefe, Vicar General of the Military Diocese representing Bishop Davis. The group will comprise Fr Damien Ellis, Chaplain to the Australian Defence Force Academy …

ANZAC Mass Homily 2018

For an increasing number of citizens across Australia and New Zealand the observance of Anzac Day begins with early rising, preparation and a journey to gather together with others before dawn at a place made holy by memory, admiration and wonder. Many who cannot travel still rise to participate through …

Lent 2018

Military Ordinary of Australia – Bishop’s Message for Lent 2018   Dear Brothers and Sisters, The observance of the Season of Lent has its foundation in the Sacred Scriptures. Both the Old Testament and New Testament teach the value of fasting, which is abstaining from food or drink in order …

Dying: The inevitable, and choices… are we ready?

A dinner was held in the Dining Room at Newman College on 17 February 2017 to highlight the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor from St Joseph’s Home in Melbourne. Various speakers addressed the proposed Victorian legislation concerning Assisted Dying, including these extracts from Father Bill Uren SJ …

Bishop Max’s Message for Christmas

  Once again we are beginning preparations to celebrate Christmas – the Feast of the Birth of Jesus. Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity – God, becomes flesh. Of all the religious celebrations and traditions – even beyond Christianity – the concept of the Deity taking on completely …

Visit of the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia

On Sunday evening, 19 November 2017, the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia (the Holy Father’s Representative in Australia), His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana, visited the Military Diocese where  he concelebrated Mass on the Feast of Christ the King with Bishop Max and several Military Chaplains at St Paul’s Catholic …

Chaplain’s Retreat

The Catholic Military Chaplains around Australia gathered for their annual retreat at the Marist Hermitage Mittagong NSW over the week 5-10 November 2017. Some twenty chaplains attended with Bishop Max Davis. A number of chaplains were unable to attend due to deployment and two were undertaking initial military courses as …

Ordination of Deacon Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin was ordained Deacon on Wednesday 17 May at Christ the King Parish, Graceville, Brisbane. Kevin is the ninth Deacon ordained by the Military Diocese. Currently Kevin is posted to RAAF Base Tindal NT and will return to his posting for a short period prior to his deployment to the …