This past week, the world has mourned, and continues to mourn, the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at her Scotland residence after a reign of more than 70 years. For many people, she was the only monarch they ever knew—an important public figure as well as a devout Christian and a model of grace and dignity. Her selfless commitment to service and her public Christian witness are two aspects of a remarkable life for which people of faith can be particularly thankful.

Tributes flowed in from around the world, and Archbishop Peter A Comensoli also paid his respects, alongside Pope Francis, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and many other religious figures.

Like the late Queen, our clergy are called to devote their whole lives to selfless public service and Christian witness—not least among them our permanent deacons, who serve the Church and the broader community in unique and important ways. This week we have the pleasure of hearing from two of our Archdiocese’s longest-serving deacons, Deacon Kevin Pattison and Deacon Jim Curtain, about how they came to be permanent deacons, and the joys and challenges of living out their vocation.

As we approach the feast day of St Hildegard of Bingen, we also explore the significance of this extraordinary woman in the history of the Church. A Renaissance woman before the Renaissance, she is a saint whose music, spirituality and legacy continue to enrich the life of the Church. Dr Christopher Morris from Catholic Theological College joined Melbourne Catholic to help us better understand this legacy and how she can inspire us today.

Earlier this month, High Court judge the Honourable Justice Simon Steward addressed more than 130 people who had gathered for the Melbourne Catholic Lawyers’ Association Annual Dinner. Speaking on the topic ‘The Christian judge in an increasingly secular world’, he encouraged his listeners to uphold the Christian foundations of our legal system through a commitment to public service and fidelity to the law, and by publicly acknowledging their faith.

Finally, a reminder that this weekend St Patrick’s Cathedral will echo with the beautiful sounds of some of our city’s finest musicians as the cathedral hosts a festival of music running from Friday to Sunday evening. Be sure to come along, and tell your friends.

Catholic leaders mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II
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Catholic leaders in Australia and around the world have responded with sadness to the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral, her residence in Scotland, after a reign of more than 70 years.
Permanent deacons: ‘Boundary riders’ in God’s service
Written by: Andrea Cano Botero
For most clergy, becoming a deacon is an important step on the way to the priesthood, but for a special few, the diaconate is a permanent and particular calling. Deacon Kevin Patterson and Deacon Jim Curtain spoke to Melbourne Catholic about their journeys to the diaconate and about the joys and challenges of living their vocation.
High Court judge encourages Catholic lawyers to keep the faith
Written by: Melbourne Catholic Lawyers’ Association
The Melbourne Catholic Lawyers’ Association (MCLA) Annual Dinner took place on 1 September, in an air of anticipation and celebration. More than 130 guests gathered to hear Justice Simon Steward, appointed to the High Court in 2020, speak on the topic ‘The Christian judge in an increasingly secular world’.
St Hildegard of Bingen: a woman of ‘nuclear energy’
St Hildegard of Bingen was a Rhineland mystic, poet, playwright, musician, visionary and scientist. She is also a Doctor of the Church. Dr Christopher Morris from Catholic Theological College discusses with us some of her core ideas, her sometimes perplexing 'visionary' writing, and why she remains so important for us today.
First-time collaboration for Melbourne church musicians
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Music lovers will be treated to a three-concert series at St Patrick's Cathedral over the weekend of Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September, including ‘French Choral Classics’, a unique collaboration between professional church singers from across Melbourne, and a performance of ‘This Land’—an acclaimed musical collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The weekend of music will conclude with a free organ recital on Sunday afternoon, featuring Oscar Herrick playing a selection of grand organ masterpieces.
‘I join with Pope Francis and all those who mourn her loss in paying my respects to Her Majesty as a woman of deep Christian faith, whose leadership and service was shaped by the anchor of Jesus Christ in her life.’
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Upcoming events
Music Festival: French Choral Classics by Christopher Watson
Friday 16 September 2022
An exploration of some of the most exquisite French choral classics from the 19th and 20th centuries, performed by a choir of many fine professional church musicians from Melbourne. Program includes Duruflé’s Requiem as well as works by Dupré, Messiaen, and Fauré. Tickets $50, concession $35, children under 15 years...
Music Festival: This Land Concert
Saturday 17 September 2022
A program that seeks to find ‘the threads that bind us together’, through music, culture, spirituality, Christianity and community. Performers include David Leha, Troy Kuhl, ensemble Mia Sorella, and St Patrick’s Cathedral Schola and Gregorian Schola. Tickets $25, children under 15 years admitted free. For any queries, email
Music Festival Mass
Sunday 18 September 2022
The Cathedral Choir sings the evocative and commanding Messe Solennelle, Op.36, by French master Charles–Marie Widor (1844–1937) in the grand space of St Patrick’s Cathedral. For any queries, email
Music Festival: Grand Organ Recital by Oscar Herrick
Sunday 18 September 2022
We welcome one of Melbourne’s rising stars of the organ, Oscar Herrick, in this recital of grand organ masterpieces: Bach’s Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, Widor’s ‘Toccata’ from Symphony for Organ No.5, ‘Introduction–Choral’ from Boëllmann’sSuite Gothique,and others. Free admission. For any queries, email ...
‘Call to Prayer’ with Flame Ministries
Sunday 18 September 2022
Join Flame Ministries International in prayer for the world. The event will be live–streamed on YouTube. For any queries, contact
The Future of Sin! – Discussion Evening with Fr Frank O'Loughlin
Wednesday 21 September 2022
After many years of ministry—including 24 years as parish priest of Sacred Heart Parish in Sandringham and 50 years of teaching theology and liturgy—retired Melbourne priest, author and theologian, Fr Frank O'Loughlin has continued to keep busy, authoring two books in recent years.His latest book ‘Does Sin Matter? Separation, Reconciliation...
Migrant and Refugee Sunday Mass
Sunday 25 September 2022
Join with migrant communities from all over Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli and migrant chaplains of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Rosary in various languages at 2pm.
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—...
Music concert: a tribute to Richard Connolly
Sunday 9 October 2022
Join the Bayside community in a tribute to Richard Connolly (1927–2022). The event will be an opportunity to celebrate Catholic hymnody, along with musicians from the Bayside Mission and broader Melbourne area. For any queries, email or call (03 9593 1703). Photo kindly provided by the Archdiocese of Sydney.
ACU lecture: does the Catholic sacrament of marriage have a future?
Monday 10 October 2022
A Catholic understanding of marriage is distinct. It asks couples for depth of intimacy, fruitfulness and contribution to the common good, and insists on the presence of grace in this most ordinary of human relationships. It pushes against a private view of marriage, calling family a ‘school of deeper humanity’...
‘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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