The Annual Red Mass for 2017, celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Monday 30 January 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Saint Paul tells us in today’s second Reading from the Ephesians: Now you too, in him, have heard the message of the truth and the Gospel of your salvation and put your trust in it. How do we put our trust in the ‘the message of the truth and the Gospel…” in today’s fast moving and often complicated world? Let me take you all back a few years for some wise advice on that score.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Sunday 29 January 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The beautiful Gospel that we have just read is a summary of the teaching of Jesus for us.  Just like parents want the best for their children, God wants the best for us, so that even here and now we enjoy something of the peace of heaven.  If we are poor in spirit in the sense that we realise that everything we have comes from God, then our attitude to God and to people will change so that we realise we are the recipients of a free gift; 

Mass celebrated for the retired priests of the Archdiocese at George Maher House, Clifton Hill

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

My dear brothers in the priesthood,



Today we spend a few moments of reflection in thanksgiving for the year that has passed, for the friendships that we have shared and for those who support us here in our time of retirement.  Family members and friends also have joined us to remind all of us that those who receive ordination are priests forever and that every prayer and deed we perform is of value for the salvation of souls.  Indeed, a time of retirement with freedom from administrative tasks can provide the ideal atmosphere for prayer and reflection.

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