As we approach Good Shepherd Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who comes after his lost sheep.

Last week, we said farewell to Fr Bob Maguire. A man of great generosity and irrepressible humour, Fr Bob lived a life of tireless service and advocacy, caring especially for the poor and outcast. This week, we pay tribute to a man who was much loved in Australian life and the Church.

Corpus Christi Seminary seeks to form men with the mind and heart of the Good Shepherd himself, and this week we share the stories of four seminarians who have made the bold decision to discern their vocation to the priesthood. We also hear about the important work of the Serra Foundation, a grassroots Catholic organisation that has been offering prayerful and financial support for priestly and religious vocations for over 40 years.

Many of those who answer the call to priestly or religious life end up serving the Church far from their homelands. The Small is Beautiful network was established to provide friendship and spiritual and practical support for religious women who have come from overseas—leaving their family, friends and culture behind to join small congregations in Melbourne. More than 20 years later, it is still going strong.

Finally, last week we celebrated the feast day of St Anselm of Canterbury. We reflect on why this 11th-century bishop is more relevant than ever—especially when it comes to his reflections on how faith and reason might lead us to fall in love with God.

This week, let’s give thanks for all those whose deep love of the Good Shepherd has led them to devote themselves to lives of service and prayer, and let’s pray that many more will hear and follow his call.

The courage to discern: seminarians share their stories
Good Shepherd Sunday is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations, an opportunity to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, both locally and globally. To mark the occasion, we hear from four seminarians at Melbourne’s Corpus Christi College. Though coming from different backgrounds, all share a deep trust in God’s plan for their life.
Fr Bob Maguire, friend of the unloved and the unlovely, dies at 88
The recent death of Fr Bob Maguire has saddened many in the Church and broader community. For more than 62 years, he had served the people of God with warmth and humour, and a deep pastoral commitment to those who struggle on the margins.
Small is Beautiful: supporting religious across Melbourne
Twenty-three years ago, a group was formed to support religious women from small congregations living in Melbourne who had come from overseas to serve within the local church. Today, representing 31 congregations, the ‘Small is Beautiful’ network lives on, the only group of its kind in Australia, bringing together religious women (and now some religious men) for formation, friendship and support.
The Serra Foundation: raising awareness about vocations
Written by: Serra Australia Foundation
The Serra Foundation has supported priestly and religious vocations for more than 40 years. The prayerful encouragement that Serra clubs offer and the financial assistance that the Serra Foundation can provide are ways the faithful can express their gratitude and love for those men and women who commit themselves to lives of prayer, service and ministry.
To fall in love: St Anselm and the point of faith and reason
St Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109), whose feast was celebrated on 21 April, is someone who contributed significantly to our Catholic understanding of faith and reason. He offers elegant answers to a few common and perennial misunderstandings—answers that might help us navigate some contemporary crises of meaning, making this 11th-century bishop more relevant than ever.
‘When we come together, there’s always joy, there’s always laughter, and there’s always gratitude.’
Sr Lorraine Testa ASJM
on the joy of coming together with other religious sisters from small congregations across Melbourne as part of the Small is Beautiful network
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menALIVE Men’s Weekend
Saturday 29 April 2023
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When was the last time you felt fully alive? Hosted by the Brunswick-Moreland Catholic Community, the menALIVE Men’s Weekend is an opportunity for men to explore what makes them feel fully alive. During the weekend, the menALIVE team will share about their lives, the challenges they face and the hope...
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Wednesday 3 May 2023
12.00pm–2.00pm
Join us for the first Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) event of the year! MCP creates opportunities for Catholic professional men and women to network and support the life and mission of the Church in Melbourne. Through its program of luncheon events—hosted by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli—MCP draws people together from...
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Monday 8 May 2023
6.30pm–8.30pm
An initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross, God and Beer brings together people of all ages from across the south-east suburbs several times a year. By drawing on the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic tradition, God and Beer aims to inspire and strengthen Christians through ideas...
St Patrick’s Cathedral Mother’s Day concert: Michael Petruccelli
Sunday 14 May 2023
3.00pm–4.00pm
Australian operatic tenor Michael Petruccelli and internationally recognised pianist Coady Green will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral on Mother’s Day for a vocal recital guaranteed to warm the heart. A joyous family event and a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon! All welcome. Tickets: $30 (adults) | $25 (concession) at...
St Vincent’s College Bendigo Reunion
Sunday 21 May 2023
(All day event)
Past students of St Vincent’s College Bendigo and their partners are invited to attend the 65th Anniversary and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, followed by Mass and BBQ at Catherine McAuley College. For all enquiries and booking details, email timothycoates@gmail.com or call Tim Coates on 0407 403 574.

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