In this year's honours list for the Queen's Birthday, many Catholics found themselves recognised for distinguished service to the common good of Australia—several hailing from Victoria!

Among them was Anna Krohn, an educator and writer, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Catholic Church in Australia. Anna joined Melbourne Catholic to discuss the award, what it means, and signs of hope in today's culture.

We also hear about the first meeting of a new advisory group that has been established to support parishes on their Take the Way of the Gospel journey, and in anticipation of the upcoming World Meeting of Families (including our own local celebrations), we reflect on the great gift of family life, with all its joys and challenges.

This Sunday is the solemnity of Corpus Christi. Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ offers his reflections on what it means to celebrate this great feast, especially in light of our understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ.

Queen recognises ‘accidental theologian’ Anna Krohn
Among the recipients of the Order of Australia medal was Anna Krohn, a Victorian educator and writer who has served women and her local communities for many years. She joined Melbourne Catholic for a discussion of the award and some signs of hope in today's culture.
Victorian Catholics recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours
Among the many names recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours were several Catholics hailing from Victoria.
The domestic church: a place of growth and forgiveness
Written by: Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal
This month we celebrate the 10th annual World Meeting of Families. Instead of viewing the family home as the domain of perfect people—a formula for disappointment—perhaps we can come to understand and experience it as a place where imperfect people find love, communion, encouragement and forgiveness.
Corpus Christi: celebrating Christ’s presence
Written by: Andrew Hamilton SJ
The feast of Corpus Christi is a feast of its time, and a feast for every time, encouraging us to pray, to wonder at the gift of Christ’s presence and continuing activity, and to follow him in giving ourselves to those in need.
New ‘Take the Way of the Gospel’ Reference and Advisory Group
Written by: Catherine Garner
The inaugural meeting of the Take the Way of the Gospel Reference and Advisory Group took place on Wednesday 1 June 2022. Drawing upon their experiences as parishioners, as well their professional skills and personal gifts, this this dynamic group of lay and clergy representatives will help to implement the Take the Way of the Gospel strategy, particularly as it applies to parishes.
‘Artistic imagination always breaks out and takes us deeper into mystery. And I think that’s a sign for today, especially when people are feeling a bit dispirited.’
Anna Krohn
On what inspires her
Upcoming Events
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Workshop with Fr Elio Capra sdb
Saturday 18 June 2022
Is your RCIA making disciples of your catechumens and candidates? After two years of pandemic, is it time for your parish RCIA practice to be reenergised and refreshed? Does your parish have a missionary culture of accompanying catechumens and candidates? Clergy, all parish RCIA team coordinators and members—emerging and experienced—and...
The Knights of the Southern Cross Second-hand Book Fair!
Saturday 18 June 2022, 10.00am
– Sunday 19 June 2022, 4.00pm
The Knights of the Southern Cross are running a second-hand book fair. Come along, find a bargain and support the charitable work of the Knights! There will also be DVDs, LP/Records, video games, board games and more. Donations welcome! If you have good books, records, games, DVDs, etc. you would...
Online Prayer Service for Refugee Week
Monday 20 June 2022
Catholics across Australia are invited to participate in a special Refugee Week prayer service, which will be streamed online on the evening of Monday 20 June. The prayer service is being jointly hosted by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office and the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace —both...
Anima Education Presents: An Introduction to Theology
Monday 20 June 2022
This online series will look at not only what Catholics believe, but how it is that they got there. How did Catholics get from hints at the plurality of God in the Scriptures to the doctrine of the Trinity? How did the early Church first work out the knotty question...
Feast of Sacred Heart Mass and End of Semester Social
Friday 24 June 2022
Join other university students from across Melbourne to celebrate the end of the semester, give thanks to God and enjoy a night off! The evening begins with 5pm Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, followed by dinner, dancing and fun from 6pm! For any queries, email the uDisciple...
Celebrating 175 Years of the Diocese of Melbourne
Sunday 26 June 2022
This year marks 175 years since the erection of the Diocese of Melbourne! Come and celebrate at a special Diocesan Mass with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, with specially commissioned music from our local Indigenous brothers and sisters and the various migrant communities who have made the local Church of Melbourne...
uDisciple 1000 Steps Hike
Tuesday 28 June 2022
Join the uDisciple Team and students from across Melbourne on a hike up the Dandenong Ranges. For any queries, email the uDisciple Team at or call (03) 9926 5677.
The Outsider Pope: Where is Francis Leading Our Church?
Monday 11 July 2022
This latest Helder Camara lecture will feature The Tablet’s Vatican correspondent Christopher Lamb. Founded in 1840, the weekly journal is a hugely influential voice amongst the 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide. Joining in 2009 from the Daily Telegraph, Christopher Lamb also appears regularly on TV news around the world. In his...
Anniversary Mass for Couples at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday 17 July 2022
Are you celebrating 25, 40, 50, or 60–70 years of marriage this year? Or did you celebrate one of those milestones in the last two years of lockdown? You and your family are invited to join us for the Anniversary Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Couples who register will receive...
Udisciple Focus Fridays
Friday 29 July 2022
University students across Melbourne are invited to join the uDisciple Team for a time of study, fraternity and prayer. Schedule 9:30am - Mass 10:00am - Coffee and Catch-up 10:15am - Study Block I 12:00md - Angelus and Rosary 12:20pm - Lunch Break (Lunch provided) 1:00pm – 3:00pm - Study Block...
P.S. Before you go . . .
Pope Francis encourages us to pray for families
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In the Pope Video for June, the Holy Father prays ‘for Christian families around the world.’

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