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Alex Chow ordained to the diaconate on feast of St Mary MacKillop

Monday 10 August 2020

Communications Office
On the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli ordained Alexander Chow as a deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. It was a unique celebration, with just five people present at St Patrick's Cathedral due to COVID-19 restrictions. Deacon Alex is currently in his fourth year of studies for the priesthood at Beda College, Rome, where he will return following his ordination. 

ACYF: Pilgrims recall festival highlights before reunion

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Communications Office
Last year, more than 1,000 young Melburnians travelled thousands of kilometres to Perth to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. Next week, pilgrims under lockdown in Melbourne will gather online for a reunion special to reunite with fellow pilgrims and reminisce and celebrate the highlights of ACYF and discover that the journey doesn't end just because the event does. Speaking at the event will be Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and Fr Rob Galea with live music from Gen Bryant and Josh Angrisano.

We are both soil and seed (Homily, 15th Sunday OT)

Sunday 12 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli 

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | Sometimes, Jesus just got frustrated. Usually it was with his closest disciples when they either completely missed the point or acted like idiots. The Pharisees particularly got under his skin because of their obstinacy and hard-hearted attitudes. And sometimes, Jesus simply got frustrated with the world around him, and its inability to grasp his mission. But when he got frustrated, as we learnt from today’s gospel, Jesus didn’t just give up and walk away; he didn’t get offended, or throw in the towel, or petulantly rile against his Father, a la Jonah. Instead, he told stories. As the people around him failed to ‘get it’, Jesus moved to a different way of communicating his message: he spoke to them in parables.

Moments of struggle and grace: Video message from Archbishop Peter

Sunday 5 July 2020

Communications Office

Following last Sunday's Mass (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday), Archbishop Peter A Comensoli recorded a special message for the faithful from the forecourt of St Patrick's Cathedral, where an Aboriginal stone inlay depicts the Creator Spirit – the continuing source of life in both Aboriginal and Christian spiritual traditions.