It has been an exciting week in the Archdiocese!
The inaugural Proclaim Gathering, dubbed Proclaim23, was a grace-filled three days of inspiring speakers, worship, prayer, workshops and fellowship. Hundreds of participants from across the Archdiocese were encouraged and equipped to proclaim the Gospel and seek renewal in their local communities. We share some of the highlights.
In anticipation of tonight’s Night of the Witnesses prayer vigil at St Patrick’s Cathedral, three of the featured guest speakers share the plight of persecuted Christians around the world: Xavier Bisits, Head of Projects for Aid to the Church in Need in the Middle East, Sr Majella Dogonyaro OP from northern Nigeria, and Patriarch Joseph Absi of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
Also this week, St Patrick’s Cathedral was brimming with joy as Melbourne’s Vietnamese community gathered in huge numbers to remember and celebrate the Vietnamese martyrs. The community at St Ambrose’s Brunswick came together to celebrate 150 years, with Mass, lunch and a beautiful concert. Christopher White, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, gave a lecture at Newman College on the topic, ‘Will our faith have children?’ And two significant mergers have recently been announced: between the Ballarat Catholic Development Fund and CDF Melbourne, Sale and Bunbury, and between VMCH and Corpus Christi Community Greenvale. In the lead-up to the Holding a Light vigil service next week (30 November), we speak with Sr Nicole Rotaru RSM about her important work serving and advocating for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
Finally, we chat with the four seminarians who will soon give their ‘yes’ to the Lord at this Saturday's Ordination Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral—three to the priesthood, and one to the transitional diaconate. Don’t forget to keep them in your prayers! 🙏 The Mass begins at 10am and will also be livestreamed on our Archdiocesan YouTube Channel for those who can’t be there in person.
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