Family life at the centre of international Catholic event

World Meeting of Families

The importance of families to the Church and society will be recognised and celebrated around the world later this month, when the 10th World Meeting of Families take place.

The surprising consolations of popular culture: Seeking stories that give us hope


Scripture and in particular the Gospels are a great source of encouragement during our faith journey. But can works of popular culture and entertainment also evoke and inspire feelings of hope, joy and faith, perhaps even without intending to do so?

The RCIA Process: A responsibility of all the baptised


Whose responsibility is it to continue to nurture new Catholics? Whose responsibility is the task of evangelisation so that people continue to come forward for baptism? And whose responsibility is it to accompany enquirers through the initiation process and beyond?

Faith on the airwaves: Radio Maria comes to Australia

Fr Sam

It’s been several years in the making, but international Catholic radio station Radio Maria finally has an Australian presence. Radio Maria Australia officially launched last month, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week from its very own Melbourne studio. The station can be listened to via digital radio in Sydney and Melbourne, or online from any location.

National evangelisation conference set for October


Australian Catholics are being invited to take part in a unique national evangelisation conference later this year, to be hosted online by the Australian Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry.

Communities set to come together again for NATSICC Assembly


After being postponed twice, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council’s (NATSICC) Assembly will take place in September in Townsville, helping to restore connections that have been significantly challenged over the past two years.

Wendy Stuart: A journey back home

Wendy Stuart

For as long as she can remember, Wendy Stuart has been on a journey of faith. This journey has seen her travel full circle, from being baptised into the Catholic faith as an infant, to over a decade as a member of the Unification Church, to participating in spiritual movements and then Protestantism, and finally a return to Catholicism.

Claire Conaghty: Pastoral ministry in Port Pirie


Claire Conaghty has tried her hand at many jobs, including police officer and aged care worker. However, it is in her current dual roles of pastoral associate for St Mark’s Cathedral Parish in Port Pirie and the clergy care coordinator for the diocese where Claire feels most at home. It is here where she has combined her loves of rural living, caring for people, parish life and Jesus.

Pastoral Ministry Network: Serving those who serve

PMNIn the late 1980s, the abundance of lay ministers in leadership begged the question: How could these people be supported to work dynamically alongside ordained ministers? In response, the NSW Association of Pastors and Pastoral Associates (NAPPA) was formally established in 1995 with the support of the then-titled Catholic Leaders of Religious Institutes (CLRI) and the bishops of New South Wales. In recent years, NAPPA has become a national association, now known as the Pastoral Ministry Network (PMN).

Laity given “groundbreaking” role in new Bishops Council


The recently appointed members of the new Council for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry believe their role advising several Australian Catholic bishops is “groundbreaking” and an enormous source of hope for future collaboration between clergy and laity.

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