Mass celebrated with the institution of lectors at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 19 March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As the middle of Lent approaches the Readings today throw sharply into relief our need of purification and cleansing. In human life cleansing means that we are facing an experience, which leaves us open to be changed. Yet with each cleansing comes an opportunity and a challenge.

Mass for schools to honour the Feast of Saint Patrick, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Friday 17 March 2017

My dear young friends,

Patrick was born in Roman Britain, the son of a city councillor, who had a country farm. At sixteen Irish pirates came and sold him as a slave. For six years he had to be a shepherd, living with the sheep in wind and rain. Encouraged by a voice that he heard in his sleep, he escaped and found a ship and eventually got back to Roman Britain.