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Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Chapel of the Holy... Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Chapel of the Holy...

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Chapel of the Holy...

Sunday, 13th March 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is with great joy that we gather to thank God for the long history of Saint Mary’s College and especially the contribution of the Loreto Order. From an earlier residential hostel in East Melbourne, Saint Mary’s Hall was first opened by the Loreto Sisters in 1918 on The Avenue in Parkville with ten students, transferring to our current site in 1966 with 85 female students in the east and south wings. The north and west wings were later added and from 1977 young men studying at the University were welcomed into the community as well.

Second Rite of Penance for priests at Holy Cross Monastery, Templestowe

Tuesday, 8th March 2016

My dear brothers in the priesthood,

Fifty years ago, in 1966, Karl Rahner wrote some words about the priest of the future, which now seem to have a prophetic ring to them. Tomorrow’s priest, he said, may not have a power drawn from the social prestige of the Church, but will have the courage to carry out his ministry even without prestige and power. He will calmly see God’s triumph at work even if he himself feels defeated. He will know that he is in God’s service and on God’s mission, even if he cannot always measure the power of grace. He will be a man whose vocation is his life, and whose life will be to believe and hope and love from his own innermost experience of God and God’s grace.


Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 6th March 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, was so impressed with this Gospel story of the Prodigal Son that he had his wife read the story to their children as he lay near death. With eyes closed he listened, intent on the vision he held in his mind and when the reading was completed Dostoyevsky said in a feeble voice: “My children, never forget what you have just heard. Have absolute faith in God and never despair of his pardon. I love you dearly, but my love is nothing compared with the love of God for those who are his creation. Even if you should be so unhappy as to commit a crime in the course of your life, never despair of God. You are God’s children. Humble yourselves before God as before your father, implore God’s pardon and God will rejoice over your repentance as the father rejoiced over that of the prodigal son.”

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, for the beginning of the clinical year

Thursday, 3rd March 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As today’s Gospel speaks about the casting out of a devil, it also emphasises the wonderful healing power of Jesus and the invitation he gives to us to be part of his work of healing and comfort.

Pope Francis has invited us in the Year of Mercy to bring the gift of mercy and compassion to all that we do. It shows itself in the honing of our skills to make sure that we are up to date and ready to use the best of modern medicine in bringing care to our people.

Solemn Mass with Archbishop Hart presiding at the Liturgy of the Word Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Sunday 28 February 2016 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today’s Readings give us the constant relationship between God and us as his people. This was true of Moses whom God reminded he is the Lord God forever.

Pope Francis has invited us to participate in the Year of Mercy knowing that the Lord is kind and merciful; he forgives our guilt, he leads us to justice, is full of compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

The great Year of Mercy that we are experiencing now is so that we will know the true reality of God’s relationship with us and the response that we are invited to give to him. Pope Francis invites every one of us in the Church to take one small step towards God. So it is important that we look at our relationship with God in prayer, with just deeds, in the removal of sin from our lives.
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