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Serving Faithfully is a newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of the Australian Military Services. It is published quarterly by the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia. The Diocese is comprised of members of the Australian Defence Force and their families wherever they may be serving. Its people are scattered widely across Australia and overseas.

Serving Faithfully aims to be a means of sharing events and experiences from across the whole Diocese.

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Recent News

With Our Deepest Sympathy

2nd Commando Regiment soldier Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon has died following injuries he sustained during a parachuting incident on the ...

Welcome to the Australian Defence Force Christian

On the 19th of February, in Albury, Monsignor Peter O'Keefe attended the enlistment ceremony for Christian Obiekwe who is joining ...

In a Social Media era, make private time for God: Pope

Pope Francis opened the Lenten season with a procession and Mass on Ash Wednesday yesterday, telling Catholics to carve out ...

Best Wishes to our Monarch – King Charles III

'Our prayers and thoughts are with our Monarch, King Charles, and his family during this time of care'.   Healing Prayer ...

Christmas Message 2023

The Catholic Chaplains, together with the Staff of the Chancery of the Catholic Military Diocese, would like to wish all ...

Walk Down ‘Memorial Chapel’ Lane

Rev Fr Stanislaw Skibicki was a Catholic Australian Army chaplain who served in the ADF between 1997 and 2004. Originally, ...

Welcome Fr Ernest Kandie

Fr Ernest Kandie’s enlistment into the Army Reserve which took place on the morning of 23 November, at DFR Darwin ...

Catholics reminded to preach the Gospel always, everywhere

Media Release - 18 July 2023 Catholics are being urged to “preach all the Gospel, to all the world, all ...

Baptism & Confirmation at Sea

Fr Martin Monaghan recently conducted Baptism and Confirmation for ABET-C Ryan Barber whilst at sea on HMAS Sydney ...

Mass in the Field

Newly posted Chaplain to the Australian Army, Fr Kene Onwukwe recently held Mass in the field on 12 May 23 at ...
Anzac Day 2023

Thank you

The Catholic Military Ordinariate would like to give thanks to the following Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Defence Attaché’s, and representatives from ...
Easter 2023

Easter Message 2023

EASTER HUMANITY In recent years it seems that our annual celebration of Easter accompanies some societal calamity. There has been ...

Welcomes and Farewells

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News Archive

Frs Gatt and Walsh

Recognition of two WA Chaplains’ Service

Fathers Michael Gatt and Joseph Walsh both of the Archdiocese of Perth and former RAAF Reserve Chaplains recently died in ...
Fr Bernie Maxwell

Chaplain Bernard Maxwell OP

Chaplain Bernie Maxwell a Vietnam Veteran, who served with the Army Chaplains Department from 1964 – 1985. Passed away unexpectedly ...
Chaplains Offer God's Love in Ukraine

The Military Chaplain – a Special Vocation

The Military Chaplain lives a special Vocation – To be a person of God among those who are called to ...

Contratulations Deacon Leo Orreal

The Military Ordinariate wishes to congratulate one of our Chaplains, Deacon Leo Orreal on the honour of being one of ...

Easter Blessing

The Military Ordinariate Family, wishes you and your family, every happiness and blessing this Easter ...
Our Lady of Fatima

Ukrainian Bishops welcome Pope’s consecration of Russia to Mary

Several Ukrainian Bishops welcome Pope Francis’ decision to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 25 ...
Ukraine People

Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine and open humanitarian corridors

Pope Francis makes a heartfelt plea for peace in Ukraine, guaranteed humanitarian corridors, and for all people to come to ...

Our Stories

Fr Bob Rugers Remembered

On Wednesday August 4, about 50 family and friends gathered at the Chaplain's Centre Williamtown when the Catholic Bishop to ...

ACT Reunion with a Changi Chapel

Reported in the Canberra Times in April 1989 Father Simon-Thwaites was received into the Catholic faith while travelling on an ...

Australian 8th Division in Changi Prison

This is a story told by Chaplain L. Marsden to the Catholic Weekly in November 15, 1945. "UNDER THE HEEL ...