Love calls to us throughout our lives, leading us sometimes in directions we might never have expected. This Sunday is Father’s Day, an opportunity to reflect on the ways the love we experience from our earliest days—the love shared within our families—can continue to enrich and shape our lives. These human experiences of love point us to an even greater love, though—to the One who is Love.

This week we share some stories about what it might look like to follow this call of Love—to put our gifts and passions, our life experiences, our family histories and cherished dreams all at the service of a God whose very being is Love.

Sr Deirdre Browne is perhaps best known for writing the much-loved song ‘Come as you are’. As she has followed the call of Love in her life, she has been led on a remarkable journey, in which faith and music, community and service have all combined in rich and unexpected ways.

Coming to his vocation much later in life, Fr Ignatius Tan was recently ordained at St Patrick's Cathedral. He tells us about how he too followed God's call, nurtured by an ever-deepening love of Scripture, a commitment to the poor, and the support and encouragement of the vibrant Christian communities who have embraced him, both in Singapore and in Melbourne.

Last Sunday, as we marked Social Justice Sunday, we were reminded of what Catholic Social Teaching refers to as the ‘preferential option for the poor’—the idea that the call of God's love is perhaps most insistent in the face of human suffering. This year the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called us to focus especially on the tragedy of domestic abuse, and to work towards a world in which all homes are places of peace and safety, and the life and dignity of each person is honoured and valued. We look at a few of the ways the Church in Melbourne responds the cries of those whose lives have been torn apart by abuse, and seeks to nurture families and relationships that reflect the Good News of Christ.

We also hear from the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Professional Standards Unit about the launch of its Safeguarding Essentials online training module for all clergy and volunteers.

Fr Ignatius Tan, serving those in need
Written by: Fiona Basile
Singapore-born Fr Ignatius Tan was recently ordained at St Patrick's Cathedral and has been appointed assistant priest at St Mary of the Cross parish in Mordialloc and Aspendale. As he embarks upon his vocation, he is looking forward to sharing his deep love of the Scriptures, and to serving those in need.
Sr Deirdre Browne ibvm, a fulfilling life of faith and music
Written by: Fiona Basile
Sr Deirdre Browne's life has been ‘exciting and fulfilling’. Well known for having written and composed the song ‘Come as you are’, she is an accomplished violinist, pianist, teacher, writer, composer and choir conductor. Fiona Basile sat down with her to delve into a life of music, faith and service.
Safeguarding Essentials online training module launched for clergy and volunteers
Written by: Safeguarding Unit
As part of the Archdiocese of Melbourne's commitment to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable persons from abuse and harm, the Professional Standards Unit has recently launched Safeguarding Essentials, a 30-minute online training module for volunteers.
Shining a light on domestic violence
Written by:
Seen in the light of God’s heart and hopes for the family, the persistence of domestic violence takes on an especially tragic light. In this year’s Social Justice Statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops address this significant issue. As well as offering compassionate aid to those in crisis, our response as a Church must include opportunities to grow in authentic discipleship, so that our families and relationships might truly reflect the Good News of Christ and recognise the equal dignity of men and women.
The only thing that matters
‘This precious gift is one that leaves you shattered in the best way possible: your life was one way but now it’s been broken and you need to rebuild with this tiny person at the centre of it.’ As Father’s Day approaches, we revisit a young father’s moving reflection on how his daughter’s birth broke him open and helped him to glimpse the enormity and primacy of God’s love.
Continue reading: The only thing that matters
It’s very simple. It speaks to people, because it’s about God’s love for each of us ... People use the song everywhere, including in prisons. It’s extraordinary the amount of correspondence I’ve received over the years. People don’t think I’ve done anything else!
Sr Deidre Browne
on the way her song 'Come as you are' has resonated with people through the years
Upcoming Events
Mannix Library Book Sale!
Monday 8 August 2022, 9.00am
– Monday 12 September 2022, 5.00pm
Come along to the Mannix Library Book Sale, and bring your bags and boxes! The second book sale for the year will kick off in week three this semester. Prices $5 Books, Free holy cards and bookmarks. For any queries, email mannixlibrary@ctc.edu.au or call (9412 3350).
2022 Dare To Be Different forum
Thursday 1 September 2022
7.00pm–9.00pm
The Xavier Social Justice Network (XSJN) presents 2022 Dare to Be Forum, which will focus on accompanying women and children who face difficult challenges and the programs available to support them. The Synergy First Nations Art Fundraiser will be launched on the evening. Speakers Melissa Bickford – National Voice for...
Sacred Heart and St Columba's Spring Festival
Saturday 3 September 2022
10.00am–3.00pm
The parish of Sacred Heart and St Columba present their inaugural Spring Festival to launch the Season of Creation. The day will comprise choir singing contemporary and traditional song. For the first time in years, some great classical music will ring out from the magnificent pipe organ, there will be...
For Love Alone (with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia)
Tuesday 6 September 2022
6.00pm–8.00pm
An evening for young women to discover more about the religious life, hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. The night will provide opportunities for the sharing of vocation stories, large and small group questions and time for prayer together before the Blessed Sacrament. The event will also include...
Doxa's 50th Jubilee Celebration
Sunday 2 October 2022
(All day event)
Join Doxa in its 50th Jubilee celebration! Activities include a giant swing, a climbing wall, pony rides and a roving magician. The Melbourne Cup will also be on display at the event, and sporting personalities will attend the celebration. Buses to the event will depart from Southern Cross Station—bus terminal—...
‘Following the Way of St Mary MacKillop’ pilgrimage
Monday 17 October 2022, 9.00am
– Wednesday 26 October 2022, 5.00pm
In collaboration with Harvest Journeys, Fr Jacob Raju and the parish team at Holy Trinity Parish Bentleigh are coordinating a parish pilgrimage, Following the Way of St Mary MacKillop, our first Australian saint. You are invited to join Fr Jacob and others as they travel from Melbourne to Adelaide on...
‘In the Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop’ pilgrimage
Tuesday 17 October 2023
– Saturday 28 October 2023
Led by the Sisters of St Joseph, this pilgrimage is an invitation for prayer and reflection. Today, the Sisters of St Joseph recognise that each of us is on a daily journey of faith but there is a time in life when we feel called to join with others; seeking...

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