Each Sunday as we look at the invitation God gives us to focus our heart and our thoughts on him, we see the value of a change of mind rather than a course of action stubbornly adhered to.
Life’s journey is a constant effort to make God the centre of our life and to make his light flow from our thought, word and deed.
I am delighted and honoured to join Francine Houlihan and her collaborators and all of you here for the Opening of the Carnivale Christi Festival for the first time in Melbourne.
Saint Augustine regretted that he was for a long time unaware of the beauty that God places in the world and gives to people.
It is a great joy to be with you today at your conference. I thank you, and I thank the Diocesan Director, Father Pritchard, for your kind invitation.
I am particularly pleased to offer Holy Mass for Vocations, surrounded by members of the Guild of Saint Stephen. The Church receives many priestly vocations from former altar servers. We pray today that many more will hear the call and come forward to join those who have already entered our seminaries and religious orders.
This evening in paying tribute to Monsignor Tom Doyle as Director of Catholic Education for nearly twenty-three years, it is my privilege to recognise him above all as a priest of God and a man of the Church, whose interests always have been and remained those of our faith.
I hold in high esteem the generous and highly professional service he has rendered in parishes, in formation of priests, and in education, since his ordination on 21st July, 1962. Particularly in recent times I have noted him as a true professional, who could always be counted upon to give reliable objective advice and to place his skills and those of his many collaborators at the service of the Archdiocese.