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Mass of the Chrism celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Tuesday 27 March 2018

With humble joy on this 17th occasion as Archbishop, I welcome my brother bishops, diocesan and religious priests, migrant chaplains and you, the people of God, to this Mass of the Chrism. The oils for use in the conferral of the sacraments will be blessed and the Sacred Chrism consecrated.

Each of us is anointed in baptism and again in confirmation. The special anointing with chrism for priesthood and episcopate commits us priests and bishops to be faithful witnesses of the salvation Jesus won for the world.

Mass of Palm Sunday celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 25 March 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We have just listened to the story of the infinite love of our God for us in Jesus.

We learn the secret of the resurrection when we learn the secret of the cross. And it is when we are called to share in some way in the suffering of Christ that we come to understand not only what he experienced but what this was leading to; for every cross leads to resurrection. I like to think of life as each day being prepared by God’s providence, and it is in many ways the road to the cross. But it leads to greater understanding of our Lord, a greater sharing in his resurrection.

Priests’ Lenten Prayer Day celebrated at Templestowe

Tuesday 20 March, 2018

My dear brother priests,

Welcome to this celebration when we as bishop and priests, totally given to being victims for the care of God’s people, come to receive this Sacrament in which our life as priests, our search for holiness and our readiness to be open and spent for our people is strengthened and nourished.

Together we are sharers in an apostolic mission for the good of souls, for teaching holiness and unity. Because our God has loved us first, we seek unity with him, as together we come to approach this wonderfully renewing Sacrament.

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