Following God’s call

God calls to us throughout our lives, gently encouraging us to follow and respond to him.

Every year on Good Shepherd Sunday, seminarians from Corpus Christi College visit parishes across the Archdiocese to tell their vocation stories. We share some of their unique and special stories of how they heard the call of the Good Shepherd.

As Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reminds us in his latest video message, Anzac Day—which we celebrate tomorrow—is an opportunity to remember and honour the lives lost and sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. We share the story of one such servicewoman, Matron Irene Drummond, whose dedication, compassion and Catholic faith guided and sustained her, even as she made the ultimate sacrifice.

Also this week, guests at the first Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) luncheon of the year heard from Greg Sheridan AO about his encouraging experience of ‘coming out’ as a public Christian. To help people enter into the Year of Prayer in 2024, some new local prayer resources and opportunities are on offer, including the return of the Fiat weekend of prayer. A new grassroots, Melbourne-based initiative—the Benedetto Creatives Collective—seeks to draw young creatives together to collaborate and network in their vocation as artists. And in the face of intensifying hostilities and dislocation, Caritas continues to deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Finally, it was also on Good Shepherd Sunday in 1933 that St Edith Stein walked into a church, having long harboured a desire to become a Carmelite, to seek ‘the assurance of the Good Shepherd’. We take a look at her story and why it took 12 years for her to enter Carmel.

For more news and events, visit the Melbourne Catholic news and stories page and our events calendar, or follow us on Facebook.

God calls to us throughout our lives, gently encouraging us to follow and respond to him.

Every year on Good Shepherd Sunday, seminarians from Corpus Christi College visit parishes across the Archdiocese to tell their vocation stories. We share some of their unique stories of how they heard the call of the Good Shepherd.

As Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reminds us in his latest video message, Anzac Day—which we celebrate tomorrow—is an opportunity to remember and honour the lives lost and sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. We share the story of one such servicewoman, Matron Irene Drummond, whose dedication, compassion and Catholic faith guided and sustained her, even as she made the ultimate sacrifice.

Also this week, guests at the first Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) luncheon of the year heard from Greg Sheridan AO about his encouraging experience of ‘coming out’ as a public Christian. To help people enter into the Year of Prayer in 2024, some new local prayer resources and opportunities are on offer, including the return of the Fiat weekend of prayer. A new grassroots, Melbourne-based initiative—the Benedetto Creatives Collective—seeks to draw young creatives together to collaborate and network in their vocation as artists. And in the face of intensifying hostilities and dislocation, Caritas continues to deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Finally, it was also on Good Shepherd Sunday in 1933 that St Edith Stein walked into a church, having long harboured a desire to become a Carmelite, to seek ‘the assurance of the Good Shepherd’. We take a look at her story and why it took 12 years for her to enter Carmel.

For more news and events, visit the Melbourne Catholic news and stories page and our events calendar, or follow us on Facebook.

Seminarians share their stories with parishes for Good Shepherd Sunday
Every year on Good Shepherd Sunday—which is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations—seminarians from Corpus Christi College visit parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne to share their vocation stories and invite discerning men to the College’s Enquiry Day.
Work towards peace: Archbishop Comensoli shares Anzac Day message
Anzac Day is a time to remember and honour the lives lost and sacrifices made by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War and subsequent conflicts. It’s also a time to reflect on our role as peacemakers, as Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects in this video message for Anzac Day 2024.
‘Chin up girls’: Matron Irene Drummond and the nurses of the Vyner Brooke
Among the nursing sisters reluctant to leave Singapore and her patients in the final chaotic days before the city fell to the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces in 1942 was Irene Drummond, a dedicated and much-admired Australian army matron. As we prepare to celebrate Anzac Day, we share her story of faith, kindness and courage in the face of tragedy and trauma, along with the remarkable survival stories of some of the nurses who accompanied her on the last, fateful voyage of the Vyner Brooke.
‘It’s great fun’: Greg Sheridan AO on being a public Christian
More than 230 people gathered for the first Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) luncheon of 2024, where Greg Sheridan AO, foreign editor for ‘The Australian’, shared his encouraging experiences ‘coming out’ as a Christian in public life.
Join the ‘symphony of prayer’: new Year of Prayer resources and opportunities
To prepare for the upcoming Jubilee Year, Pope Francis has invited us into a Year of Prayer. To help us join this ‘symphony of prayer’, a number of resources and opportunities are on offer, including a new Guide to the Year of Prayer and the return of the Fiat weekend of prayer to parishes throughout Melbourne at the end of May.
‘Benedetto Creatives Collective’ gets ‘soft launch’ in Melbourne
On Wednesday 17 April, at St Dominic’s Catholic Church in East Camberwell, a small gathering of Catholic creatives gathered for a ‘soft launch’ of the Benedetto Creatives Collective, which aims to gather painters, photographers, graphic designers, writers, musicians and others so that they might inspire one another and collaborate in their vocation as artists.
‘The assurance of the Good Shepherd’: how Edith Stein finally received her vocation
On Good Shepherd Sunday 1933, Edith Stein, having long harboured a desire to become a Carmelite, walked into church and prayed, saying, ‘I’m not leaving here until I have a clear-cut assurance whether I may now enter Carmel.’ For 12 years she had avoided the deepest desire of her heart to become a Carmelite. But what happened in 1933? And why had the walls ‘crumbled’ to finally let her in? We explore the moving story of how St Edith Stein finally received her vocation.
Caritas partners in Ukraine detail a new wave of displacement
Caritas Australia’s partners in Ukraine report intensified hostilities in frontline areas and border communities, triggering a new wave of displacement as security concerns heighten and aid becomes harder to deliver. Despite these challenging circumstances, the Caritas network continues to deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid.
‘It is only through that discernment and prayer you will be able to hear the voice of God and live your vocation to the full.’
Sixth-year seminarian John Vespa
on discerning his call to the priesthood
Upcoming events
Mannix Library Book Sale
Monday 15 April 2024
– Friday 3 May 2024
Calling all bookworms! The Mannix Library Book Sale is back, bigger and better than ever. We have plenty of books just waiting to find new homes. All books $5. Everyone is welcome! So mark your calendars, gather your shopping bags and get ready to unearth some hidden gems.
Information session for the permanent diaconate
Saturday 4 May 2024
10.00am–11.45am
Do you feel called to serve? The permanent diaconate is open to single and married men who want to serve God and the Church as ordained ministers. Come and see! Learn more here and watch Pope Francis’ prayer Intention for deacons.
2024 Jesuit Mission Maytime Fair
Saturday 4 May 2024
9.00am–5.00pm
The 2024 Jesuit Mission Maytime Fair at Xavier College includes entertainment for parents and children with a huge array of food, music, rides, arts and crafts, games, plant stalls, book stalls, a wine auction, sport, face painting, raffles, showbags and lots more to support the work of Jesuit Mission. All...
Symposium: Austin Cooper OMI—priest, scholar and friend
Friday 10 May 2024
10.00am–4.30pm
Catholic Theological College (CTC) is hosting a symposium in honour of Rev Professor Austin Cooper OMI AM (1931–2023), founding Master of CTC, historian, formator and ecumenical friend. The symposium will feature speakers exploring Fr Austin’s various contributions to Christian scholarship and formation, and as spiritual friend to so many. Speakers...
‘Poets and the Faith: James McAuley and Gwen Harwood’, presented by Ken Parker
Tuesday 14 May 2024
6.00pm–7.30pm
St Peter's Eastern Hill is hosting a series of talks about significant poets who have inhabited—or skirted the fringes—of the Anglican and Catholic traditions of Christianity. From Gerard Manley Hopkins to RS Thomas, from Emily Brontë to WH Auden, how did their poetry enrich and challenge their understanding of the...
‘Religion and ethics: exploring some connections’ presented by Dr Frances Baker RSM
Tuesday 14 May 2024
7.00pm–8.30pm
Exploring some connections between religious belief and ethics, this session considers the implications of these for both personal and societal ethical decision making in the Australian context. Engaging Your Faith is a series of short, online, presentations that invite participants to reflect on what it means to be people of...
Awaken: Pentecost 2024
Saturday 18 May 2024
1.00pm–6.00pm
Transformed by the presence of God A regional gathering for our Church, drawing close to the presence and power of God. Awaken gathers Catholics from around Melbourne for a dynamic and inspiring afternoon, including contemporary worship and prayer experiences, talks, workshops and hospitality. With special guests Sam Clear (Walk4One) and...
Fiat 2024—A Weekend of Prayer
Friday 31 May 2024, 6.00pm
– Sunday 2 June 2024, 1.00pm
For the second year running, our local communities of grace across the Archdiocese of Melbourne will unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June 2024. The weekend coincides with the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the solemnity of the...
The Seeker of Souls: Understanding God’s intense search for you
Saturday 1 June 2024
9.00am–12.15pm
The Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga is hosting a women’s retreat with reflections by Fr Trevor Tibbertsma. The retreat is a great opportunity to meet a supportive community of women of faith and includes Mass, adoration, confession, an inspiring talk and a Q&A session. Morning tea will...

To learn more about upcoming events and opportunities, visit the Melbourne Catholic events page.

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