The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide.
June 2014

June 2014

Celebrating Indigenous gifts

Catholics from all over Australia will come together on July 6 to celebrate and acknowledge the gifts that Indigenous people bring to the Catholic Church in Australia. It is also a time to reflect on our own relationships with Australia's first people.

“Praise to you, Lord of Heaven and Earth” is the theme the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council has chosen to celebrate this very special day on the liturgical calendar.

The resources for 2014 include liturgy suggestions, reflections for small groups, clip art and, for the first time, a slideshow presentation for parishes and schools to use when the congregation is gathering. 

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SA reps at US conference

Several South Australians, including Dr Josephine Laffin, Rev Prof Denis Edwards, and Ms Geraldine Hawkes, will participate in the third International Receptive Ecumenism Conference at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA, in June.

Geraldine Hawkes, executive officer, SA Council of Churches, says she is delighted that the SA Council of Churches (SACC) is a co-sponsor of the conference, in acknowledgement of the “immense contribution the Churches in SA, through SACC, have made to the way of receptive ecumenism, in learning as well as in the practical application”.

Geraldine has been invited to speak and will join three other panel members - Most Rev Sir David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and co-chair of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission, Rev Dr John Gibaut, director of the Commission on Faith and Order for the World Council of Churches, and Rev Anthony Currer, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.  Geraldine will be the only woman, the only layperson, and the only panellist with specific responsibilities at the local level.

“My hope for this gathering of people from several denominations across the world is that we will discover more about how our Churches can be more reflective of the way and unity of Christ, institutionally as well as individually, and so be a seamless sign together of love, justice and peace in our world,” says Geraldine.
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Hearing their stories

The life-changing experience of working in an East Timorese village was highlighted by youth from Nazareth Catholic Community at a breakfast last month.

The group of young adults and staff shared their stories with supporters of the program at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.

They spoke of their first trip to Triloka, 120 miles from Dili, in 2012 when they painted and repaired community buildings, taught sport and dance in the local schools and assisted with the health program.

The same year, the Nazareth Community shipped a container of school furniture, medical supplies, painting equipment, clothing, and uniforms to the village.

In 2013, the group completed the painting of the birthing clinic and provided medical equipment and furnishings.  The next step is to host a group of East Timorese women in 2014, as well as send a third container of equipment and resources to Triloka by the end of the year, refurbish local community buildings and continue to promote ‘Pencil Cases of Love’.

“Going to East Timor both in 2012 and 2013 has changed my life in so many ways,” said participant Nicole Carey.

“The Timorese are the most beautiful, happy and welcoming people I know. It is incredible to see how these people have so little, yet they are the most positive and happy people.

“Our whole group felt truly blessed by their generosity and love.”

Pictured: (L to R) Michael Dahl (Director, Nazareth Catholic Community), Nicole Carey, Constantino Pinto (Director, Fundação Lafaek Diak, Good Crocodile Foundation, Triloka Village) Inge Lempp ( Director, Canossian Sisters Training College, Baucau, Timor Leste) and Jan Bate (Community Development Coordinator, Nazareth Catholic Community).

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A day of listening

The Eco-Mission Team of South Australia invites the South Australian community to a time of listening on Tuesday June 24 - the feast of St John the Baptist. 

It is an ecumenical event that invites communities to listen throughout the day to the sounds and noise that surrounds us in our built and natural environment. The central event in Victoria Square invites everyone to gather at 12pm for an hour of listening. Participants can write about their experience afterwards on the blog site. There will be a follow up event at the Pilgrim Church in King William Street on Thursday July 3.

This event is co-sponsored by the South Australian Council of Churches and the Eco-Mission Team of South Australia, which meet under the auspices of the National Council of Churches of Australia.

The team has developed a series of seven resources, each one focusing on five ways of listening, accessible on the South Australian Council of Churches website

Community services on show

The work of Centacare Catholic Family Services in delivering highly effective programs and services to the South Australian community was showcased last month.

“The Centacare expo was an exciting opportunity for our workers to meet with the people who refer clients to our services,” said Centacare assistant director Bernie Victory.

“We were also pleased to welcome people from government and other community organisations and students who are interested in our work or perhaps even considering a career in social work.” 

Staff from across Centacare’s vast range of programs operated more than 50 booths at the expo held at West Lakes. They provided information on disability, family, youth and children, health and wellbeing, employment, education and training, homelessness and domestic violence.

The large audience included school students who were able to speak to practitioners and managers from each program on the work they do with their clients.

A group of Year 11 girls from St Dominic’s Priory attended as part of their Church in Action unit of work for Religion Studies and provided the following feedback:

“A great experience to have all the organisations in one place and to see the breadth of work done in the community.”

“Helped me be more aware of what was offered by the Catholic Church in such a wide variety of ways and to people from such different backgrounds”

“I learnt so much and gained extra information I would not have got from a website”.

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Relic to visit Adelaide

The Franciscan Friars invite you to join them in welcoming the relic of Saint Anthony of Padua to Adelaide.

The precious relic is from the saint’s basilica in Padua, Italy. Fr Mario Conte OMF Conv., editor of the International magazine 'The Messenger of St Anthony', will accompany the relic.

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Pope to meet survivors

News that Pope Francis will meet and celebrate Mass with survivors of clerical sexual abuse in Rome next month has been welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan.

During a press conference on his flight from Jerusalem to Rome, the Pope declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who abused a child.

Mr Sullivan said meeting directly with survivors was by far the best way to get a true understanding of the devastation caused by child sexual assault crimes.

“This meeting sends yet another very clear message that sexual abuse within the Church is at the very forefront of the Pope’s thinking,” he said.

“Working with his new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Pope is taking real action to address the horror of clerical sexual abuse.”

According to reports, survivors from the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland will take part in the meeting in the Domus Santa Marta, the hotel on Vatican grounds where the Pope lives.

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Forces of change

Mercedes College Year 11 student Patrick Stewart is one of 10 South Australian delegates invited to attend the United Nations national conference 'Forces of Change' in Canberra from July 6-12.

The conference will bring together delegates from each state and territory, a group of facilitators to accompany each delegation, and delegations from New Zealand and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss a diverse range of international and local issues.

'Forces of Change' will examine advocacy on both an international and local level and students will learn about the way that Australia and other nations work to enact change through the United Nations and other multinational forums, as well as within our own national borders.

Students will learn from experts in international relations, participate in interactive workshops, and formally debate questions of global importance, aiming to create a generation of young Australians who are informed and passionate about the world around them.

“It’s a huge honour to be invited to the UN national conference - I absolutely can’t wait.” said Patrick Stewart.

The conference will be staged at various sites including Old Parliament House, the High Court, embassies, and Parliament House.

Language school opens

A new language school for seminarians, priests and laity is expected to enhance the ministry and mission of the Catholic Church in the Asia Pacific region.

The new English Language School for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) was launched this month by the Passionist Congregation Provincial, Father Tom McDonough CP.

The Passionists are bringing their Asian Pacific postulants to Australia to gain the language skills needed for the Adelaide-based international novitiate program. St Aloysius School has agreed to offer them daytime classrooms and the Christian Brothers College has offered classroom, library and laboratory space for night classes if required. The Dominicans have joined with them to educate five of their PNG-Solomon Island candidates.
The Passionist community at St Paul’s, Glen Osmond, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first Passionist postulants, with classes due to start on June 19.

Further enquiries and possible enrolments should be directed to Br Peter Downs cfc at St Paul of the Cross Monastery, 15 Cross Rd, Urrbrae, telephone 8338 1277 or email

Fr Tom is pictured (right) with Fr Kevin Hennessy CP, the executive officer of the school board.

Building bridges

Australia’s Catholic Bishops have published an important new resource on the social teaching of the Catholic Church.

'Building Bridges: Social Justice Statements from Australia’s Catholic Bishops 1988 to 2013' is a collection of all the social justice statements that Australia’s bishops have issued in this time.

The result is an accessible, attractive book that is a treasure trove for anyone looking for insight into Catholic social teaching, especially as applied to the Australian context.

The expression ‘Building Bridges’, used in the title, has been used by Pope Francis and other popes on a number of occasions.  

The introduction by Sandie Cornish, a former executive officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission, distils the major themes from the book. She writes:
“The statements promote a vision of God’s reign of justice and peace made manifest in the world. It is a vision of love for one another as equally beloved children of the one God. It is a vision of social inclusion, community, solidarity and right relationships.”

You can order the book here

Bishop Murphy Society

The Bishop Murphy Society has been established to honour the generosity of people who have pledged a bequest to help the Adelaide Archdiocese continue its good works.

The Society is a way we can recognise you now for your contribution to our future. There is no cost or obligation for membership.

Members of the Bishop Murphy Society receive a special pin, a certificate, and invitations to special events. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the Patron of the Society.

If you would like someone to visit you and discuss either the Bishop Murphy Society or leaving a Bequest please contact the bequest office on 08 8210 8223 or by email to

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Sunday, July 6 –  Mass to launch NAIDOC Week, 11am
Friday July 11 – Anniversary of Dedication of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, 12.10pm
Sunday, July 20 – Mass for 60th anniversary of the Daughters of Charity in Adelaide and Hutt St Centre, 2pm
Friday August 8 – St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Mass
Tuesday November 11 – Remembrance Day Mass
Sunday November 30 – Blessing of the Cribs
Tuesday December 9 – Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass

Prayer Circle: June 2014 – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia – District of SA and NT
Church communities are invited to pray each month for a particular SACC Member Church. A full list of churches in the Prayer Circle, and copy of the Prayer Circle Poster at
June 24 – Day of Listening Prayerful Walk
9.30 am - 10.30 am beginning at 26 King William Road (Christ Church) through the Unley Urban forest, followed by coffee back at Christ Church.
12noon - 1pm Reconciliation Plaza, Victoria Square/ Tarndanyangga. Listening, prayer, reflecting.
Day of Listening Resources at
Saturday June 14 – 9am - 10:30am Leadership Breakfast Invitation
Lifepoint Church, 1063 North East Road, Ridgehaven.
The Roar Effect is a hope movement with the dream to see youth suicide eliminated. More details
Saturday June 14 – 11am - 3pm - Christian Meditation Community Day
A community day at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Hall, Wakefield Street, Adelaide. Donation $15. Please bring food to share for lunch.  Enquiries to Bev on 0407 392 809.

Monday June 30  –  Dinner at 6pm, Forum at 7pm
Asylum Seekers Forum and BYO Dinner at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide. Speakers: Sarah Hanson-Young, Libby Hogarth, and Kate Leaney from "Welcome to Australia."
RSVP to Pilgrim Church Office or Ph: 8212 3295

Monday September 15
Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day

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