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Celebration of communion beyond all our differences

Celebration of communion  beyond all our differences

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge  ON June 29 each year, the Church celebrates the great feast of Saints Peter and Paul. It may seem strange that the two Apostles are celebrated on the one day. Surely each is important enough to have a feast of his own. The plot thickens when you think that their memory is celebrated most intensely in ... Read More »

Corpus Christi says deep things of life

Corpus Christi says deep things of life

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge IN one sense, the feast of Corpus Christi is new, but in another sense it’s old. Its story reaches back to the 13th century and the Belgian city of Liège. There we find the Norbertine canoness Juliana de Cornillon who not only developed a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, but was determined to have established ... Read More »

Jesus is saying to us ‘Peace be with you’

Jesus is saying to us ‘Peace be with you’

This is a homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave on Pentecost Sunday in St Stephenís Cathedral, Brisbane. THE disciples were cringing behind locked doors and they had good reason to do so. They had seen the Lord executed in the most brutal possible way and they had every reason to believe that they may be next cab off the rank. I ... Read More »

‘The walking nuns’ go out in God’s love

‘The walking nuns’ go out in God’s love

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from Mass in St Stephens’s Cathedral on May 31 for religious celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of Australia. THE word “charity”, in contemporary English at least, gets a bad press. We even have an expression like “as cold as charity”. Yet, regardless of the bad press, the word “charity” is ... Read More »

Finding Jesus in the ordinary

Finding Jesus in the ordinary

This is the homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Michael McCarthy in St Josephís Cathedral, Rockhampton, on May 29. ON this 40th day of the 50-day Easter festival, we have heard one of the stories of the Risen Lord appearing to his disciples. These stories at the end of three of the Gospels are extraordinary ... Read More »

A rewarding journey awaits

A rewarding journey awaits

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge IF you look at Fr Michael McCarthy’s curriculum vitae, it seems almost inevitable that he would be considered for an episcopal appointment at some stage. He had a strong academic background and worked as an industrial chemist before deciding to study for the priesthood. After ordination, he had served as a parish priest, seminary rector and ... Read More »

Forty years as a priest richer than imagined

Forty years as a priest richer than imagined

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridgeís homily from his fortieth anniversary of priesthood Mass at St Stephenís Cathedral on May 17. MAY 18, 1974, was the 54th birthday of the then Archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtlya, who later happened to become Pope John Paul II, and in more recent times a saint. That was all back in Poland. In Melbourne it ... Read More »

Archbishops’ ‘words from the wound’

Archbishops’ ‘words from the wound’

Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s 40th anniversary as a priest will be celebrated in a Solemn Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on Saturday May 17. His book Words from the Wound will be launched after the Mass. PAUL DOBBYN reports   BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge was initially less than enthused when approached to gather his various writings into a book to mark ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

A moment full of hope

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the 2014 ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there ... Read More »

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