Anzac Day 2017 Homily

Homily – National Anzac Day Mass St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest ACT – 25th April 2017 Rev Monsignor Peter J. O’Keefe AM VG, Catholic Diocese of the Australian Defence Force   Within the collection of images of the Gallipoli Event held by the Australian War Memorial, there is one haunting photo …

Easter Message 2017

The Cross of Anzac — Hope for Life This year 2017 we celebrate two memorials within a relatively few days: Good Friday and Anzac Day. For many of us there is a very strong connection between the two. Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong in his Easter Message this year states …

Christmas Message 2016

Most of us come to this Christmas period physically and mentally tired; ‘running on empty’, hanging out for an few weeks of respite with family and friends, with summer days ahead and the hope of relaxation that January brings.  We have been anticipating this time and the hope that it …

Easter Message 2016

YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO DIE FOR AN UNFOUNDED HOPE Throughout the centuries of the Church’s existence, there are countless examples of Christian martyrs who were prepared to give up their lives for the faith. From the Apostles who witnessed Jesus’ Resurrection, the early Christians who to a …

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 …

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 …

Bishop’s Message for Easter 2013

THE FACE OF JESUS In this Year of Grace we have been constantly encouraged to ‘start afresh from Christ’. For some of the time we have also been engaged in the Year of Faith in which we are encouraged to contemplate the ‘face of Christ’. These two themes are inseparably …

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 …

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 …

The Bishop’s Lenten 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 …