Sometimes life moves too fast. One of the keys to human flourishing is knowing when (and how) to slow down. When the pace of the world becomes too much, and we are racing to keep up, we might skip over the important moments, even the important words. Seeking ways and times to live in ‘slow-motion’ is perhaps one way we can follow Jesus more authentically in the modern age.

This week we have the pleasure of hearing from Martin Kochanski, the creator of Universalis, one of the most world’s most widely used apps for praying the Liturgy of the Hours. In his latest book, The Creed in Slow Motion, he brings this idea of slowing down to one of the most important statements of faith. He kindly joined Melbourne Catholic to discuss the book and its relevance for our cultural moment.

Time and care are also important ingredients in the celebration of meaningful and beautiful liturgies, and we hear from Professor Clare Johnson on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter on the liturgy, Desiderio Desideravi, and how we might all—clergy and laity alike—benefit from its bold vision for liturgical formation.

We also hear about the commitment of Melbourne couple John and Barbara Ralph to ‘giving back’, and the many ways they have contributed to the life of our Church and our city over the years. To honour their work and generosity, a striking portrait of the couple by artist Tsering Hannaford was recently unveiled at ACU.

On Wednesday, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli officially opened and blessed the JPII House of Communion, Formation and Mission, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the Discipleship on Campus program at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

‘A light unto the world’: Archbishop Comensoli blesses newly opened JPII House
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On Wednesday 17 July, the JPII House of Communion, Formation and Mission in Carlton was blessed and officially opened by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, beginning an exciting new chapter in the Discipleship on Campus program.
‘Universalis’ creator on his new book, ‘The Creed in Slow Motion’
The creator of Universalis, one of the world’s most widely used apps for praying the Liturgy of the Hours, joins Melbourne Catholic to discuss his recent book, The Creed in Slow Motion.
Why the whole Church should embrace Desiderio Desideravi
Written by: Professor Clare Johnson
In his apostolic letter Desiderio Desideravi, Pope Francis looks at the most fundamental dimension of Christian life—the liturgy—and prioritises the liturgical formation of the entire gathered assembly.
Melbourne couple honoured by Australian Catholic University
John and Barbara Ralph have been honoured by Australian Catholic University with the unveiling of a vibrant and realistic portrait by artist Tsering Hannaford. They discuss their eventful life together and their commitment over the years to 'giving back' to the community.
St Cecilia’s harnesses the power of the sun
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St Cecilia’s Parish, in Camberwell South, has always been powered by the Son of God. With the recent installation of solar panels systems on the church and presbytery, the parish is now also powered by the sun.
‘I think they should come away with the feeling that they have minds because they’ve been given minds, that they’ve been given them to use them, that it’s a delight to use them, that it’s not about getting the right answer; it’s about engaging with the truth.’
Martin Kochanski, creator of Universalis
on what he hopes readers of his new book on the Creed will come away with
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Jesus in the Eucharist
Sunday 14 August 2022
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