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St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (6) Anniversary Year 2018 – Charles O’Neill

From: www.vinnies.org.au with additional notes by Michael Whelan SM Charles Gordon O’Neill was born in Glasgow in 1828. He was an engineer who led the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Western Districts of Scotland between 1859 and 1863. He moved to New Zealand in 1863 and became then one of the foremost civil […]

The Catholic Church in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands has a population of 11,900 people living on a land mass of 240 square kms. The diocese has a Catholic population listed at 2,040. This gives the opportunity to every parish priest I meet to say that his parish is larger than the diocese of the Cook Islands. ‘Small’ is a reality […]

Ranong: Marists on the Thailand-Burma border (4)

  Being a missionary In the March Messenger I wrote about how I recognised my Mum was part of my early experience of being a missionary. I carried her sultana cakes when she went visiting the sick, lonely and those recently out of hospital. I saw and experienced the joy of visiting and friendship. Mum’s […]

Fr Bernard J Ryan sm

What follows is a homily delivered by Fr Paul Sullivan sm at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Hunters Hill , Sydney on 27th February 2015. When I first arrived in Macksville to work with the Aboriginal community, Br. Steve Morelli, cfc, informed me that Bernie was the face of God to the Aboriginal people. […]

Guns and Nuns

Sisters share personal encounters of violent shootings in visit for Catholic Mission Two Marist missionary sisters on a six-week tour of Jamaica are deeply moving Australians with stories of guns, drugs and violent crimes. Speaking in Catholic dioceses across Australia as guests of Catholic Mission, Fijian Sister Teresia Tinanisolo and Australian Sister Anne Quinn have […]

Missions at Home and Abroad

October is traditionally a month focussed on the foreign missions. The command to spread the ‘Good News’ came from the Lord himself, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”  Matthew 28:19. This is where the Church takes its mandate from. Many courageous men and women set out in response to this invitation. St. Augustine […]

Tuesday 27 May

Acts 16:22-34, Ps 138, John 16:5-11 Nelson Mandela The story of Paul and Silas reminds me of the witness of Nelson Mandela. Despite being imprisoned unjustly their response was prayer, love, concern for their jailers and a commitment to stick to their personal missions. When trapped or threatened and getting ready to fight, flee or […]

December Saints

December Saints Blessed Marcantonio Durando (1801-1880) Marcantonio Durando was born in Mondovi, Italy, in 1801. He took after his pious mother, not his liberal, agnostic father. At age 15, he manifested a desire to go to China as a missionary and entered the Congregation of the Mission, making his perpetual vows in 1819 and being […]

The Reluctant Missionary

Fr Peter Puthenkandam’s path to the priesthood began as a primary schoolboy in his native India where it took two hours to walk there and back to Mass every Sunday with his mother “without fail” – a journey that eventually took him as a missionary priest to Timor Leste, a country so undeveloped you can’t […]