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.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne for Lourdes Day

Saturday 3 December 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,



Today with joy we come, united with our brothers and sisters who are sick, to touch the hope that our God offers us as we prepare to welcome him at Christmas.  The integrity and faithfulness foretold by Isaiah, the justice and fullness of peace for which we pray in the Psalm and the invitation of John the Baptist to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’, that all people may see the salvation of God, ring in our ears, as we enter this special moment of pilgrimage.