One of the great features of the Catholic Church is that it celebrates things the rest of the world prefers to forget. One of these "things" are Orders of Chivalry, where men and women can become knights or dames in service of God, seeking to live a life of charity and service within the charism of their Order.

This month, the Knights of the Southern Cross celebrate the centenary of their official foundation. To mark the occasion, we take a look at the life and achievements of one of their founding members, Sir Michael Chamberlin KBE whose charitable works have left an indelible mark on our city and local Church. Likewise, one of the oldest surviving Orders of Chivalry, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, recently received two new members, who were knighted and damed by Archbishop Comensoli at St Patrick's Cathedral. We take a brief look at that Order, its history, and their famous Jerusalem Cross.

Last Friday was World Day of the Sick, and ACU, in collaboration with Catholic Health Australia hosted an online panel discussion about how healthcare workers throughout the pandemic have reached a point of being 'beyond burnout'.

Despite the debacle that was the "Djokovic affair", one of the things it highlighted was the grossly unjust situation asylum seekers have been trapped in by the Australian government, some of them having been detained at Carlton's Park Hotel for up to nine years. The ecumenical #SetThemFree campaign continues to gain momentum, and we look at how faith leaders stand in solidarity with the detainees.

Finally, in the wake of Amazon dropping its first teaser-trailer for their (incredibly expensive) Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power production, we explore J.R.R Tolkien's Catholicism, especially his love for the Eucharist, and how his letters reveal a man of deep, profound faith.

Modern chivalry: Ancient Order receives new members
On Sunday 13 February, Archbishop Peter Comensoli celebrated an Investiture Mass, during which he conferred knighthood and dame-hood upon two new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. These members were Damian Noseda and Deloraine Keegal. The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the oldest surviving Orders of Chivalry, existing under the authority of the Papal See.
Faith leaders stand in solidarity with asylum seekers
An ecumenical group of Christian leaders took turns to be locked in a cage outside the Park Hotel in Carlton, in Melbourne’s inner-north on Saturday to demonstrate their solidarity with around 32 refugees and asylum seekers detained there.
A man for all seasons: Sir Michael Chamberlin
This weekend, the Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria will mark the centenary of their official foundation under that name. Read about the life and works of KSCV founding member Sir Michael Chamberlin KBE, and the letter that started it all.
Healthcare workers are 'beyond burnout'
For healthcare systems around the world, the pandemic did not simply bring increased workloads but a weightier burden of stress and anxiety for healthcare workers. Speaking at a recent online panel hosted by Catholic Health Australia and ACU, Ms Sharon Sherwood from Cabrini Health said that while healthcare workers ‘have risen to the demands of treating COVID,’ they have naturally ‘and significantly’ done so ‘at the cost of their own health and well-being.’
'Inspired by love': Tolkien's faith and Catholicism
Streaming giant Amazon recently dropped its first teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Despite the hype, fans are already expressing nervousness over a potential departure from J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythos. One of the most overlooked aspects of this mythos is the extent to which it is suffused with Tolkien's Catholicism. Here we look at five times Tolkien revealed himself to be deeply and profoundly Catholic.
‘They need to be provided with the opportunity to express how they feel, and we don’t take the time-out in health to do that’
Ms Sharon Sherwood, Chief of Mental Health and Outreach Services for Cabrini Health
On supporting healthcare workers
Upcoming Events
Global Summit: Health & Hope in Restorative Reproductive Medicine (RRM)
Saturday 19 February 2022
Join clinicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and teachers from across the globe in the first global summit for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. This 24-hour collaborative live event, with participation from Europe, Australasia, North America and South America, will see global leaders in RRM present current research and clinical developments in the fields...
ACRATH Conference: Gathering Voices – Action towards a world free of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Tuesday 22 February 2022, 12.00pm
– Wednesday 23 February 2022, 3.30pm
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is hosting its two-day national conference and will feature two outstanding speakers provide a global and Australian perspective on human trafficking: Sr Gabriella Bottani smc, is the International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, and has been a member of the national coordination team...
Submissions close for Synod on Synodality
Sunday 13 March 2022
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Don’t miss out on this chance to take part in a global conversation about the Catholic Church. **The last day of submissions via the online portal is Sunday 13 March 2022. Don’t miss out on this chance to take part in a global conversation about the Catholic Church.** Pope Francis...
The Story Continues: An Introduction to Church History
Monday 28 February 2022
“The Story Continues” will offer an overview of the whole history of the Church, in all its lights and shadows. This unit will continue the story of God’s “salvation history” begun in the Scriptures, going beyond Pentecost to see what God has continued to do through his Son in the...
Celebrity Organ Recital by Christopher Cook
Friday 4 March 2022
St Patrick's Cathedral is once again hosting a series of Friday night concerts, with the first concert featuring celebrated organist Christopher (Chris) Cook. Come and enjoy the beauty of St Patrick's Cathedral along with some classical music! Tickets are $25 and can be booked online or at the door. Children...
“Merciful Father” Online Lenten Conference
Saturday 5 March 2022
This Lent, the Little Sisters of the Poor are offering a six-part online conference for young women to deepen their spiritual life and draw closer to God. Take some time to stop and reconnect with the Lord, stepping away from the business of daily life and listening to the Lord...
Rite of Election 2022
Sunday 6 March 2022
The Rite of Election has always been a joy-filled occasion in the life of our Archdiocese, as we celebrate those who have responded to God’s call to his friendship and new life and are now preparing to enter our Church through the Sacraments of Initiation. In this spirit, Archbishop Peter...
Online forum: Implementing Laudato Si'
Tuesday 8 March 2022
This online forum will consider models and resources available to parishes for implementing the Laudato Si’ message. Three excellent speakers, Genevieve Mougey (Washington DC Archdiocese, USA), Kerry Stone (Catholic Earthcare parish coordinator) and Jacqui Remond (Vatican Ecology Taskforce) will lead us on this topic. The forum will be presented by...
The Patrick Oration 2022
Thursday 17 March 2022
Join us on the feast of St Patrick, patron saint of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, for the third annual Patrick Oration, to be delivered by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli. This year’s Oration is of special significance as 2022 marks 125 years since the consecration of the iconic St Patrick’s...
Safeguarding Children and Young People @ CAM: Induction Session
Wednesday 23 March 2022
Hosted by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), this interactive induction session is designed to introduce newly appointed clergy, staff and members of a safeguarding committee. It is designed for newly appointed persons within CAM to develop their understanding of child abuse, responding and reporting child abuse and child-safety related misconduct...
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre open days
Saturday 26 March 2022
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre (MMHC) East Melbourne a place of inspiration and vitality, manifests and promotes the spirit and charism of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. MMHC provides, through education, hospitality and charitable works, opportunities for all to experience and be challenged by...
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Films to talk about: A Hidden Life
These days we're drowning in entertainment. When movies become "theme parks", as Scorsese famously said of Marvel movies, it makes it all the more refreshing when we can experience stories that are narratively strong, technically proficient, and artful in their execution. Every month, Melbourne Catholic will be featuring a movie (old or new) that has perhaps escaped your attention but is still worthy of your time.

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