07 Dec 2019

HOMILY FOR THE LOURDES DAY MASS FOR THE ORDER OF MALTA

Not a bad second best. Mattia Preti had studied the techniques of the Order of Malta’s most famous – or infamous – painter, Caravaggio, and made his own major contributions to the exuberant baroquing of Italy’s churches and civic buildings. But now he followed his Master into the Order, being admitted as a Knight of Grace, and was thereafter known as Il Cavalier Calabrese, the Calabrian Knight.

Continue Reading
04 Dec 2019

HOMILY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME AUSTRALIA GRADUATION MASS

In the aftermath of the Second World War, hostility, not surprisingly, abounded. In an effort to rekindle old friendships and build new ones, French President Charles de Gaulle conceived of a series of televised games, originally played between French and German youths but quickly enlarged to twenty European nations over the following two decades.

Continue Reading
24 Nov 2019

FERVERINO FOR BENEDICTION AFTER WALK WITH CHRIST

Thank you all for taking part in the annual Walk With Christ procession, this year on the Solemnity of Christ the King. I acknowledge today the presence of the auxiliary bishops, clergy, religious and lay faithful who helped organise or assisted in today’s procession.

Continue Reading
17 Nov 2019

Warning: chmod(): Operation not permitted in /srv/casweb/casys/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php on line 447

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR 33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR C + INVESTITURE OF A CHAPLAIN OF THE EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM

This past week a pall of smoke hung over our city, as the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions were alerted that they were in “Catastrophic Fire Danger”.

Continue Reading
03 Nov 2019

Warning: chmod(): Operation not permitted in /srv/casweb/casys/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php on line 447

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR ABORIGINAL CATHOLIC MINISTRY + FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

When was the last time you climbed a tree? For most of the children here it’s the most natural thing in the world, something you may regularly do just because the tree is there, or for the challenge of it, or in order to see further.

Continue Reading