Easter is upon us—the time of celebrating in a special and joyous way the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Because of the resurrection, we know that ‘love is strong as Death’ (Song of Songs 8:6), for the God who is love has conquered death.
The Easter Triduum is the highlight of the liturgical year and the culmination of our Lenten journey. At St Patrick’s Cathedral, thousands gathered over the Triduum to be with our Lord and welcome the new light of resurrection. Take a look at our photo gallery to get a glimpse of the beauty and solemnity of the Easter celebrations.
Also, if you missed Archbishop Peter A Comensoli’s Easter message, reflecting on three important things that flow from Christ’s resurrection, you can read, or watch, the whole thing here.
This Easter Octave concludes with Divine Mercy Sunday. Someone especially influenced by the message of Divine Mercy is Tommy Canning, a Scotland-born sacred artist who started out making comic books. When a trip of Rome turned into a ‘Damascus experience’, he strove to glorify God through his work and became a world-renowned maker of sacred art. Tommy shares some of his story with us and his thoughts on the ‘way of beauty’ in evangelisation.
Stephen Fernandes is one of the two permanent deacons recently ordained at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Originally from India, Deacon Stephen looks back on how the grace of God has guided him through many turns to reach this point of serving Christ’s Church in such a special way. Read more about Deacon Stephen and his story here.
On Friday 31 March, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli announced the appointment of Dr Edward Simons as the new Executive Director of Education at Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS). This is a pivotal role in Australia’s largest Catholic education entity. You can learn more about Dr Simons and read Archbishop Comensoli’s announcement here.
On Wednesday 29 March, residents, staff and invited guests joined Archbishop Peter A Comensoli to officially open Calvary Health Care’s landmark retirement living, health and aged-care precinct, Calvary Kooyong. With the aim of helping residents and patients to ‘live well’ as they age, or as their care needs change, this was an exciting development in Calvary’s important work.
Also, this year ACU celebrates 10 years of its annual Prize for Poetry. Reflecting on a decade of the competition, ACU Vice-President Fr Anthony Casamento said, ‘The ACU Prize for Poetry was established 10 years ago to acknowledge that literature, and indeed the arts, is a large contributor to the understanding of the human heart, soul, and mind.’ Entries are now open for this year’s prize, the theme of which is ‘Love’.
We pray this Easter season will be a time for you to experience anew the love and mercy of the risen Jesus, who calls us into his wonderful light.