Faith, hope and love

No matter what vocation we’ve been called to, or what profession we find ourselves in, we can all faithfully offer the daily work of our lives to God. Even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant act can be a gesture of hope and trust, a way to open ourselves more intentionally to God’s love.

Last week, 250 people gathered at the latest Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon to hear Dr Edward Simons reflect on how Catholic schools can act as beacons of light, not just for school students and their families, but for a world that needs more than ever to be transformed by faith, hope and love.

Also this week, Fr Gerard Dowling celebrates 50 years on air, hosting a radio show that has reminded generations of listeners of God’s love for them; as we get ready for the upcoming launch of the 2023 Season of Creation, we point to a number of helpful resources for individuals and parishes; our own St Patrick’s Cathedral gears up for a weekend of glorious music reflecting the breadth and variety of our musical traditions; and we hear about the recent visit to Melbourne of the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr Fernando Ocáriz, and his encouragement to every person, in every walk of life, to truly believe they are loved.

Finally, as Australia continues to come to terms with the Matildas’ heartbreaking loss in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Dr Stephen Reid from the National Centre for Pastoral Research joins us to talk sport and faith, as we ask: What can we learn from sport? And why, in a country where religious affiliation is on the decline, are requests by sporting clubs for chaplains on the rise?

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‘Shining a light’: Dr Edward Simons on the life-changing power of Catholic education
Speaking last week at the second Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) luncheon for 2023, Dr Edward Simons, Executive Director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools, outlined an inspiring vision for the largest non-government schooling system in Australia and the single largest not-for-profit organisation in the country—a vision inspired by the core Christian values of faith, hope and love.
Celebrating Fr Gerard Dowling’s 50 years on air
Fr Gerard Dowling OAM DE celebrates a momentous milestone this year: 50 years hosting his regular Sunday night radio spot on RSN 927 AM, ‘The Family Counsellor’—the longest running show of its kind in Australia. Fr Gerard’s achievement was honoured last week with a celebration at Parliament House.
Online launch to celebrate Season of Creation 2023
To celebrate the Season of Creation, Caritas Australia invites Catholic communities nationwide to attend an online launch, offering participants an enriching and informative experience through its Catholic Earthcare program. The Vatican has also released a Catholic liturgical guide for parishes to use this season.
A coming together of different worlds: cathedral to host music festival
From 15 to 17 September, St Patrick’s Cathedral is hosting a special weekend music festival that will feature a range of genres, from medieval plainchant to extravagant choral pieces, First Nations songs, folk music and organ classics. Director of Music Dr Philip Matthias sees the weekend as an opportunity for people to come together and to celebrate the role that music plays in creating a space for meaningful dialogue and goodwill in the community. ‘We want the festival to have breadth ... There’s something for everyone.’
‘Truly believe the love God has for us’: Opus Dei Prelate visits Melbourne
Last Saturday, families and friends of Opus Dei gathered at the RACV City Club Melbourne to welcome the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr Fernando Ocáriz, as part of his visit to Australia and New Zealand. He reminded those present that ‘loving God is an answer to his love for us, and it cannot be separated from the love of others.’
Running the race: sport, faith and chaplaincy
It’s often said that sport is, practically speaking, Australia’s national religion, but is that all we can say about it? What is it we love about sport so much? Can Christians speak meaningfully into this space? And does sport have anything to say to us? Dr Stephen Reid is a senior researcher with both the Christian Research Association and the National Centre for Pastoral Research. He speaks to us about sport, faith and why the demand for sports chaplains is on the rise.
‘In simple, powerful and tangible ways, we can make visible the invisible reality of Christ’s presence in the lives of those that we encounter.’
Dr Edward Simons, Executive Director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
on the power of Catholic schools to transform the lives of young people
Upcoming events
Grand organ recital featuring Thomas Trotter, St Patrick’s Cathedral
Friday 25 August 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
One of Britain’s most widely admired musicians and concert organists, Thomas Trotter, will visit our beautiful and inspiring St Patrick’s Cathedral in August with a recital program sure to please. Trotter has performed at more than 800 concerts in his international career, with recent tours to Europe, China and Australia...
Gangland to Promised Land: John Pridmore Melbourne tour (Caroline Springs)
Monday 28 August 2023, 7.30pm
– Wednesday 30 August 2023, 8.30pm
John Pridmore was a serious face in London’s East End, living the ‘high life’ until he found himself nearly killing a man. What happened next can only be called extraordinary. Don’t miss his incredible conversion story when he visits Melbourne in August and September. John has spoken to millions around...
Online launch to celebrate the Season of Creation 2023
Monday 4 September 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
To celebrate the Season of Creation, Caritas Australia invites Catholic communities nationwide to attend an online launch, offering participants an enriching and informative experience through its Catholic Earthcare program. With this year’s theme being ‘Let Justice and Peace Flow’, participants at the launch event will have the opportunity to learn...
Gangland to Promised Land: John Pridmore Melbourne tour (Burwood)
Monday 4 September 2023, 7.30pm
– Wednesday 6 September 2023, 8.30pm
John Pridmore was a serious face in London’s East End, living the ‘high life’ until he found himself nearly killing a man. What happened next can only be called extraordinary. Don’t miss his incredible conversion story when he visits Melbourne in August and September. John has spoken to millions around...
Growing Good Men: father and teenage son weekend experience
Friday 8 September 2023
– Sunday 10 September 2023
Growing Good Men is an experientially based program that encourages and enables fathers and sons to strengthen their relationship and to explore important issues of growing into manhood. It is designed for fathers or significant male role models and their teenaged boys aged 12–16 years. Set over a weekend, the...
An invitation to connect with Aboriginal spirituality
Wednesday 13 September 2023
10.00am–2.30pm
In the light of the Uluru Statement of the Heart and the upcoming referendum on a Voice to Parliament, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria (ACMV) are inviting interested parishioners to spend some time at Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Thornbury, where they will lead a session exploring social justice and Aboriginal spirituality...
Cathedral Music Festival (weekend)
Friday 15 September 2023, 7.30pm
– Sunday 17 September 2023, 4.30pm
From 15 to 17 September, St Patrick’s Cathedral is hosting a special weekend music festival that will feature a range of genres, from medieval plainchant to extravagant choral pieces, First Nations songs, folk music and organ classics. Director of Music Dr Philip Matthias sees the weekend as an opportunity for...
Benedict Conference: Truth, goodness and beauty
Saturday 28 October 2023
(All day event)
This inaugural event will bring together local and international speakers to reflect on the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. The conference will build its conversations around the themes of truth, goodness and beauty. Gathering the people of God from all over Melbourne and beyond, it seeks to engage...

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

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