Leap of Faith Inclusion

Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist faiths are now represented on the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (RACS) after an updated Memorandum of Arrangements (MOA) was signed in Canberra on June 12. The committee has provided a link between the Commonwealth and major faith groups since WWI. It functions under a …

Pentecost 2019

We will make our home with you. Dear sisters and brothers, As the Feast of Pentecost draws near for this year I have been reflecting upon what that might mean for us in this age and in our present circumstances. I offer some of my reflections perhaps to excite your …

EASTER 2019

“Hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil.” (Heb. 6:18b – 19) Every year we celebrate the solemn event of Christ Risen. This action of the Lord Jesus provides …

ANZAC Day Mass

The Military Ordinariate of Australia invites you and members of your parish community to: The National ANZAC Day Mass at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manuka ACT at 8:00am on Thursday 25 April 2019 Guests are asked to be seated by 7:45am The Ensign Party will enter the Cathedral before 8:00am Your …

Politics in Service of Peace

Christian faith is not a private matter. It shapes how we live our lives in public, as well as how we relate to God. Politics can be the object of criticism, even scorn, but it is an arena in which we can express our faith and therefore the truth of …

Annual Chaplains Retreat 2018

The Chaplains gathered at the Marist Brothers Hermitage, Mittagong NSW for their annual retreat 11-16 November. Some 25 full-time and part-time Chaplains were present. This represents the largest number for some years. Fr Paul Stuart RAN was unfortunately absent due to commitments with the Fleet. It was the first Diocesan …

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 …