Today we celebrate 105 years since the dedication of our beautiful Cathedral and indeed 5 years since the consecration of the new altar by the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York.
Our Mass is a moment of thanksgiving for all that a Cathedral means to a Diocese - a centre of worship - a reminder of the transcendent beauty of God - a place of wonder where God’s people gather to celebrate the Mass and to praise God. It is a fountain of grace and life for God’s people throughout the whole of Melbourne.
Together with the Reed family, Peter, Chris, Father Brendan, Timothy, Gerard, Bernadette and Michael, with Sister Kath Tierney and the Sisters of Mercy, and the parish of Ferntree Gully, the Church of Melbourne rejoices in the Religious Profession of Sister Angela Reed as a Sister of Mercy.
After ten years Angela is ready to make her profession to Christ of chastity, poverty and obedience, according to the Mercy charism. She has received an invitation to live a life in the image of Christ as a special vocation and with the particular gift of the Holy Spirit.
I am very delighted to be with Father John Aravankara and with each of you at this celebration of Mass in the Syro-Malabar Rite.
For me, it is a significant first experience as I pay special tribute to your presence in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
I am delighted to be with my seminarians and young friends that I have invited to spend these moments with us. It truly represents the invitation, which Jesus gave to the rich young man, who asked Jesus, ‘Where do you live?’ Jesus’ reply, ‘Come and see’, is a very warm invitation in our hearts to ponder the gifts he has given us, to see how they might be given to God while we take our place in modern society.