Last Sunday, we celebrated a significant milestone in the history of the Catholic Church in Melbourne: the 175th anniversary of its establishment as a diocese!
At St Patrick’s Cathedral, a special Mass brought people together from across the Archdiocese, and during the homily Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflected on the ways in which we have, over this time, truly become ‘a family of families’, with so many histories and peoples present to celebrate.
That evening, the celebrations continued at St Paul’s Cathedral as members of the Anglican and Catholic communities participated together in a Choral Evensong to mark the 175th anniversary of both dioceses and a shared history as the people of God in Melbourne.
We have much to be thankful for as an archdiocese. We can also be grateful for our first bishop, James Alipius Goold, who invested the sudden, gold-derived prosperity of his diocese in the future, allowing us to enjoy a cultural patrimony we wouldn’t have without his visionary contribution to the building of Melbourne. We continue our look at the ‘Goold rush’ and the interesting approach of Goold and others to being missionaries in colonial Australia.
On 3 July—this Sunday!—the Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia will commence. It is an exciting time for the Church, an opportunity to discern together where the Holy Spirit is leading us. This week, we’ve put together a brief refresher on the significance of this assembly, what will be taking place and why it’s important to pray for all those involved.
St Thomas the apostle is also traditionally celebrated on 3 July, and Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on Thomas’ story of learning to trust.
Last Saturday also marked the conclusion of the 10th World Meeting of Families. During the homily of the closing Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the beauty of the family as an important institution for society and the Church.