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.

The Triduum at St Pat’s: photo gallery
The Easter Triduum is the highlight of the liturgical year. It is the culmination of our Lenten journey and a chance to celebrate the central mysteries of our faith. At St Patrick’s Cathedral, thousands gathered over the Triduum to be with our Lord in his suffering and death, and welcome the new light of resurrection. Take a look at our photo galleries to see the beautiful liturgies celebrated.
From comic books to sacred art: the way of beauty with Tommy Canning
Written by: Christian Bergmann
While most starting authors suffer rejection after rejection on their manuscripts, by the time he was eighteen Tommy Canning had signed his first book deal. Before he came to international prominence as a maker of sacred art, what he really loved was comic books, and this deal was for a comic book history of Celtic Football Club. Loved for his emulation of the classical and representational style of art, Tommy Canning comes to Melbourne every year to work on a number of different projects, and he shares with us some of his story.
Deacon Stephen Fernandes: sharing his gift of faith with others
Written by: Fiona Basile
As a young boy, growing up in India, Stephen Fernandes never dreamed of living in Australia and becoming a permanent deacon in the Catholic church. But ‘by the grace of God’, his life took a different turn. Deacon Stephen, now 63 and living in Melton, in Melbourne’s west, enjoys a ‘blessed and rich life’ with his wife Liza, his adult daughter Irene, and those he serves as deacon in his local parish communities of St Anthony of Padua in Melton South and nearby St Catherine of Siena Parish in Melton. It is a role that he hopes will help draw people closer to God.
Celebrating 10 years of ACU Prize for Poetry
Written by: ACU
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, one of Australia’s richest poetry prizes, is celebrating a decade this year. Entries are now open for new poetry on the theme of Love, as inspired by Martin Luther King Jr: ‘I have decided to stick to love ... Hate is too great a burden to bear.’
Archbishop Comensoli opens Calvary Kooyong integrated health and care precinct
Written by: Calvary Care
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. The $154 million precinct is built on the site of the former Calvary Bethlehem hospital in Melbourne’s Caulfield South and, in the words of Calvary’s National Chief Executive Officer Martin Bowles, ‘sets a new benchmark for integrated living and care’.
New Executive Director of Education for Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
On Friday 31 March, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli announced the appointment of Dr Edward Simons as the new Executive Director of Eduction at Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.
‘When you do see something really beautiful, it’s a revelation. It’s a real epiphany ... If you draw people to beauty, then that can expose people to the other transcendentals, goodness and truth.’
Tommy Canning
Upcoming events
Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations, Victoria
Sunday 16 April 2023
(All day event)
Parishes across Victoria will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on the first Sunday after Easter. Confessions will be available before Mass, and there will be recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All welcome! Jesus said to St Faustina: ‘I desire that the Feast of Mercy be...
Divine Mercy Sunday, Basilica of Our Lady of Victories
Sunday 16 April 2023
12.30pm–4.30pm
Come and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories in Camberwell. Jesus said to St Faustina: ‘I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day, the very depths of my mercy...
Combined Societies of Mary: Feast of Mercy, with Polish priest Fr Kasper Gorski
Sunday 16 April 2023
1.00pm–2.00pm
Join the Combined Societies of Mary on the Feast of Mercy. Holy Mass will be followed by Adoration and Divine Mercy prayers. There will be first-class relics of St Faustina, St John Paul II and Bl Fr Sopocko, and we will be joined by Divine Mercy priest Fr Kasper Gorski...
God and Beer: Reflections of an Australian Catholic exorcist
Monday 14 August 2023
7.30pm–8.30pm
This month's speaker is Fr Michael Shadbolt, officially appointed exorcist for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for ten years. He was the much-loved parish priest of Holy Family Doveton for many years, and is the recent author of a book 'Exorcism: Reflections of an Australian Catholic Exorcist.' An initiative of the...
St Patrick’s Cathedral concert: Johann Vexo—Choir Organist at Notre-Dame, Paris
Friday 21 April 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
Join us at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the next concert in our 2023 Concert Series: a recital by acclaimed international organist Johann Vexo, the Choir Organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. Taking full advantage of our impressive cathedral organ, this performance will include masterworks by Bach, Franck, Vierne, Messiaen and Duruflé...
menALIVE Men’s Weekend
Saturday 29 April 2023
– Sunday 30 April 2023
When was the last time you felt fully alive? Hosted by the Brunswick-Moreland Catholic Community, the menALIVE Men’s Weekend is an opportunity for men to explore what makes them feel fully alive. During the weekend, the menALIVE team will share about their lives, the challenges they face and the hope...
Melbourne Catholic Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday 3 May 2023
12.00pm–2.00pm
Join us for the first Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) event of the year! MCP creates opportunities for Catholic professional men and women to network and support the life and mission of the Church in Melbourne. Through its program of luncheon events—hosted by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli—MCP draws people together from...

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