The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide April 2015

April 2015

Easter a time for interfaith harmony

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian Church, a time of re-birth and renewal. The Multifaith Association is sending out a message of peace and harmony to coincide with Easter.

The message is in the form of an open letter to the South Australian community, to be published as widely as possible.

The letter has been endorsed by people and organisations representing the many faiths in South Australia, including the Catholic Church.

It urges all citizens, both religious and non-religious, to put aside intolerance, prejudice and divisiveness, to attain peaceful and fruitful co-existence in our country.

"We affirm our desire to promote respect and tolerance for the integrity of each other’s beliefs, cultures and traditions," the letter says.

"This desire arises not only from our common humanity but also from our being people of faith and people of prayer."

To add your support for the letter, visit the Multifaith Association Facebook page.

Students help out

St Aloysius College and Sacred Heart College Middle School students continued their
generosity this Easter with the collection and distribution of chocolate eggs to Catholic
Charities agencies - Hutt St Centre, Catherine House, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, and Centacare.
Sacred Heart also joined with people all over the world through the Project Compassion
'Food for Life' campaign by gathering more than 360 kilograms of rice.

Sacred Heart students delivered more than 30 cartons of Easter Eggs direct to the Hutt St Centre and Otherway Centre while St Aloysius collected Easter Eggs for delivery on Holy Thursday to Catherine House.

“Each year the families at SHCMS are extremely generous in their giving, knowing that each contribution matters and makes a difference to those who would otherwise do without,” said Jennifer Callanan, SHCMS APRIM.

Pictured L to R: Jennifer Callanan APRIM, SHCMS, Oliver, Jed, Connor and Harrison, Yr 9 Boys and Pete Purton, Maintenance Coordinator, SHCMS, delivering goods to the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Otherway Centre, Adelaide.

Catholics in business brekky

The Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le AO  will be the special guest speaker at the inaugural Catholics in Business Adelaide event on Friday April 17 2015.

His Excellency will touch on topics of great passion and experience including multiculturalism, South East Asia strategy, diversity in the workplace including his personal journey as a refugee from Vietnam.
His Excellency, and his wife, Lan, were one of the early groups of Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Darwin Harbour after the Vietnam War. Settling in Adelaide, the Governor returned to study at the University of Adelaide, where he earned a degree in Economics and Accounting and Master of Business Administration.
His Excellency has been honoured many times with awards including the Australia Day Medal, the Centenary of Federation Medal, Officer in the Order of Australia and an Honorary Doctorate from both Adelaide University and Flinders University.

Event details:
The Playford, Ballrooms 2&3, 120 North Terrace, Adelaide SA
7am for Mass (optional), 7.30am for Breakfast
$550 per table of 10 or $55.00 per head (includes full breakfast and beverages)
To book this event, please contact Tanya Fullarton on 0417 193071. You can also book via


Pope Francis in animation has launched the first chapter of its new animated series dedicated to the pontificate of Pope Francis.

The name of the series is the “Pope Francis Minute” and it will be a bilingual production (English & Spanish). Its goal is to transmit the Church’s message, as taught through the message and testimony of the Holy Father.

Each episode will consist of fictional encounters and situations in which the Holy Father and his messages are able to touch hearts and change lives of regular people.

Click here for more information.

What is our voice?

Brigidine Sister and refugee advocate Sister Jane Keogh CSB will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress being held in Sydney from May 4-6.

The theme of the congress is: What is our voice? ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Mt 12:34).

Organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), it brings together professionals working in the media, education, communications, health, welfare, justice, and other church-based fields.

Aimed at professional development, networking, and fellowship, the congress will appeal to anyone interested in furthering their understanding of how the Church can communicate its message.

Sr Jane said she was thrilled to be invited to speak: “I really love the theme of the congress, because for me, that scripture ‘out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ is really what I have tried to do in my life; to listen to that voice and speak for justice.”

The congress program includes workshops on sharing the Church’s message with young people, digital media production, photography, and sessions on social media as well as a range of “hot topic” sessions such as euthanasia, the family and asylum seekers.

To view the Congress program and speakers,  visit

Call for sponsorship

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council will hold its triennial assembly in Darwin from July 2-6.

The assembly is the only opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics to come together and discuss issues relating to faith, culture and the Catholic Church.

The theme of the 2015 event  is “The Heart of Jesus beats within us all” and there will be a strong emphasis on the incorporation of culture and spirituality into Catholic faith.

The assemblies do not generate a profit for the council and they rely heavily on the support of external organizations to assist in keeping registration costs down to allow as many people to attend as possible.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available for the event - please contact NATSICC Secretariat for more information.  The event provides the opportunity to build networks and the skillset of those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Happy Easter

The Communications Team would like to wish all our readers a happy and peaceful Easter.


Interview with Fr Timothy

Former Master General of the Dominican Order and renowned author Fr Timothy Radcliffe is visiting Adelaide later this month at the invitation of Archbishop Philip Wilson.

He will be the guest speaker at a breakfast at Adelaide Oval on Friday April 24 at 7.30am. Tickets are selling fast but if you are still considering purchasing a ticket, here is a taste of what you might hear from this highly respected theologian, as reported in U.S. Catholic magazine.

Catholic tradition still has answers for the questions of the contemporary world, says the former Master-General of the Dominican order. For someone who was almost expelled from school as a teenager for reading Lady Chatterly's Lover during benediction, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe certainly qualifies as a bad boy turned good. When asked what turned him around, he might give a simple answer: truth. "When I left school I met people who told me that my faith was not true," he said recently at Dominican University near Chicago. "This became the big question for me. Is it true? It dawned on me that if it was true, then my faith must be the most important thing in my life." Continue reading…


New national president

Not-for-profit consultant Graham West has recently been elected as the new president of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia.

Graham has over 20 years experience working in government and not-for-profit agencies. He has been a long-time member of the society and was formerly the CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW and, more recently, the society's national vice president.
“We are one of the largest human rights organisations in Australia, responding to need wherever it is found,” said Graham.
“We are also especially entrusted to advocate on behalf of people who are marginalised and we are committed to building an Australia transformed by compassion and built on justice.”

Graham succeeds Anthony Thornton as president.
For more information

Harmony Day

The Adelaide Archdiocese celebrated Australia’s diversity with a  Harmony Day  morning tea in the Cathedral Hall.

More than 80 people attended the event hosted by the Multicultural Office and a special welcome was given to international priests and nuns as well as about 30 refugees and asylum seekers.

After a blessing from Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall, an array of dishes from different countries was enjoyed.

Sr Nien Tran, manager of the Multicultural Office, said the celebration offered the opportunity to meet and offer moral support to refugees struggling to find a safe place for themselves and their families in Australia.

New learning approach

St. Mary Magdalene’s School has combined its language and arts learning activities by integrating bilingual texts and cultural practices with music, drama, and dance.

At the end of 2014 the school had their end of year concert, ‘From Many Lands We Come, We Are One!’ based around celebrating the many different cultures at the school and in Australia.
The concert incorporated language, song and dance from the 2014 World Cup with students making an identity flag, which allowed them to express pride in their cultural background.

In 2015, the school began the term with a Carnevale focus with a greater emphasis on the characters from La Commedia Dell’Arte, which lends itself to the natural integration of dramatic arts, song, beat, and rhythm.

Sacred music concert

St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral will host a free sacred music concert after the Passion liturgy on 3 April 2015 from 5pm, to which everyone is invited.

Artists include Vivente Quartet, Annamaria Beni, Sally-Anne Russell, Tasso Bouyessis, Simon Cobcroft, Peter Kneeshaw, Samantha Hennessy, Minas Bergeryan, David Khafagi, and John Rego.

“It promises to be a wonderful afternoon of sacred-inspired music with some of the finest musicians in the city.” Dr John Rego, Director of Music, Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier

See the concert poster attached for your information.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2015

The St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a new look website  for its premier fundraising initiative, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

The website is more user-friendly and will encourage CEOs from across Australia to fundraise in the lead up to the event on June 18 2015.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout offers just a small glimpse of life on the streets. Over the past ten years, it has raised $24 million to support Vinnies homeless services. There is still time for CEOs to register for the event and to nominate a CEO to take part. Click here for more information.

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Friday April 24, 5.45pm - ANZAC Eve Mass (100 years) and procession to War Memorial

Monday April 13
Launch of Mary MacKillop walking trail, as part of Australian Heritage Week, in Mary MacKillop Plaza, 11am. Tour leaving the Cathedral at 11.30am.

Friday April 24, 2015 - 7.30am-9am
Business networking breakfast featuring renowned international author and theologian
Father Timothy Radcliffe OP
Adelaide Oval (Ian McLachlan Room)
Cost $65 per head. Contact Mary Coombe at Catholic Communications on 8210 8117 or to purchase a ticket or to book a table of 10.

Saturday 9 May 2015, 11.30am – 3pm                                 
South Australian Council of Churches General Meeting – All Welcome
Sts Peter & Paul Anglican Cathedral Church Hall, David St, Port Pirie.
Stories from the Anglican Diocese of Willochra – Anglicare, Point Pearce, Ministry Development, Ministry of all the baptised and Dialogue with the Uniting Church and Lutherans, plus sharing insights on 2015 Onwards for SA Council of Churches.
RSVPs essential to Geraldine Hawkes

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 5pm-7pm
Introduction to Orthodox Iconography
St Mary and Anba Bishoy  Coptic Orthodox Church, 18-20 Goldfinch Ave, Cowandilla
The intention of this event is to nurture, through conversation and reflection, the formation of an ecumenical attitude, the source of which is in Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one…”. John 17:21
Cost: A contribution of $20/$15 concession per person is payable at the door and includes light refreshments.
Registration essential: to Geraldine Hawkes E: or phone 8215 0300


Copyright © Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.
All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
39 Wakefield Street
Adelaide SA 5000