Where would we be without our mothers?
This week, in the lead-up to Mother’s Day, we are delighted to share the stories of some inspiring mums—as well as a grandmother and great grandmother—women whose gifts, faithfulness, prayers and loving perseverance are a blessing to their families, their communities and the Church.
Carolina Cetenareski is a Brazilian mother, a recent immigrant to Australia and a member of Mothers who Pray for their Children, a 70,000-strong movement that began in the Portuguese-speaking world but that—thanks to Carolina’s attentiveness to God’s call—is branching out into English-speaking communities, including right here in Australia. Carolina tells us about this exciting development.
Associate Professor Natasha Michael is a leading palliative care physician and Director of Palliative Care at Cabrini Health, as well as a wife, mother and woman of deep faith. Dr Michael gave a moving address at the recent Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon, which was attended by more than 200 people. Drawing on her fascinating life story, she shared her insights on how we might live out our faith in our own lives and workplaces, including a reminder to ‘always listen to your mother!’
We also meet Guiditta Marson, a parishioner at St Mary’s in Thornbury. St Mary’s might be celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year—a tremendous milestone—but it is yet to catch up to its oldest parishioner, Guiditta, who at 102 is still embracing life with the spirit and energy of a much younger woman. Originally from Italy, Giuditta shares the inspiring story of how she found a rich and fulfilling life in a new land.
As always, there is plenty going on in the life of our Archdiocese and beyond—signs of grace and life are all around us. Make sure you check out the rest of our news, stories and events below.
And don’t forget to offer a prayer for mothers everywhere this Mother’s Day.