Ash Wednesday: Gateway to Lent

Ash Wednesday, this year beginning on 22 February, is the gateway to the season of Lent. The anointing with ashes, which is the key element of this day’s ritual, is a reminder of our responsibility as individuals and as communities to keep alive the discipleship that our baptism committed us to. The ritual of baptism […]

The Gift of Father Julian Tenison Woods

Fr Julian Tenison Woods, a gifted and complex character, was a many-sided man: pioneer priest, dedicated and successful missionary, educator (the first director of Catholic Education in Australia), scholar of some repute and respected scientist. In his formative years, Julian encountered and was influenced by a variety of holy people and their spiritualities. Consequently, his […]

Mary MacKillop and Advent

During a recent trip to Melbourne, I attended Mass at St Francis’ Church in the city. This is a special church as it is Victoria’s oldest Catholic Church, where Mary MacKillop’s parents were married, and where Mary had the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Visiting St Francis’ Church, which was a significant […]

150 Years in NSW: We Remember, We Reflect, We Give Thanks

In this our sesquicentenary year of the arrival in New South Wales of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, we offer this meditation. November is the month of All Saints and All Souls so, in our Josephite story, this is our special focus: We Remember, We Reflect, We Give Thanks Take time […]

October Prayer Intention: A Church Open to Everyone

Each month, Pope Francis asks for our prayers for a specific intention. For the month of October, the prayer intention is for a Church open to everyone. We pray for the Church ever faithful to and courageous to preaching the Gospel. May the church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in […]