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Migrants and refugees focus of 2017 Bishop Joe Grech Colloquium

Friday 25 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has combined again with Australian Catholic University to present the annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium.

In the Philippa Brazill theatre at ACU’s Fitzroy campus last evening, Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart, and Fr Fabio Baggio, Under-Secretary for the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Holy See, spoke on this year’s theme, ‘Freedom of religion in a multi-religious society: the contribution of migration’.

In introducing the night, Fr Maurizio Pettenà, National Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, reminded those present that the Catholic Church in Australia this entire week is celebrating the contribution migrants have made in our communities. This week-long celebration culminates with Migrant and Refugee Sunday this weekend. 

Interview: Distinguished German organist/composer in Melbourne

Thursday 24 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

In Melbourne for a concert Friday evening 25 August, visiting German organist, choirmaster, composer and musical director Markus Karas took time out from his rehearsals at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne to give us a video intrerview about his musical upbringing and training, his beloved Beethoven, and his current work at the Münster in Bonn, where he is resident organist.

Sri Lankan Seniors connect

Thursday 24 August 2017

Media and Communications Office

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) innovative Multicultural Wellness Centre in Wantirna South has expanded its reach to help connect more socially isolated seniors.

The centre has gone from strength to strength since opening 17 months ago; building its Chinese and Filipino social groups to 80 and 16 members respectively and recently forming a Sri Lankan group for people aged over 65 of Sri Lankan/Sinhalese-speaking background. 

Bishop Peter Elliott blesses St Peter’s new columbarium in Clayton

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Media and Communications Office
In a special ceremony following Mass at St Peter’s Clayton on Sunday morning, Bishop Peter Elliott, auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, formally blessed the new columbarium facility at the church.

A columbarium is a dedicated wall for the reserving of the ashes of the deceased, and, as Bishop Elliott pointed out in his homily, is in full accord with the recent guidelines from the Vatican on burial and cremation for Catholics.

Bishop Elliott was concelebrating Sunday’s morning Mass with St Peter’s parish priest, Father Stephen Kandarapally. Here is the text of the homily he gave.