WELCOME to The Bridge for 2021. This year we continue to share with you stories and reflections on communities, resources and the people of God seeking to evangelise Australia.
In this issue we begin with Bishop Shane Mackinlay reflecting on Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Fratteli Tutti. We hear from Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon in Adelaide and Evangelisation Brisbane about the new ways they are reaching out and inviting people into their communities. Trudy Dantis and Louise Zavone share the important and influential role of women who are working with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and we hear from Helen Melarekere in Townsville, a youth ministry coordinator, who will this year begin the women’s Leadership for Mission Program. Finally, Parramatta’s James Camden explores the new opportunities offered by the change of date for World Youth Day local celebrations, now to be held in November each year.
The National Centre for Evangelisation (NCE) begins 2021 by welcoming Matthew Biddle to our team as Digital Engagement Officer. Working with Sharon Brewer (Formation Coordinator) and myself, Matthew will be focused on enhancing our digital effectiveness and the promotion of NCE resources and initiatives.
We look forward to accompanying you in 2021 and sharing your stories with others around Australia.
Director, National Centre for Evangelisation