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Chapel for Mary MacKillop oasis of tranquility in Sydney

Mary MacKillop Chapel

SPONSORED BY MARY MACKILLOP PLACE MARY MacKillop Place is first and foremost a sacred place, a place of pilgrimage. The chapel, built in honour of St Mary MacKillop was blessed and opened on January 19, 1914.  On January 28 of that year, Mary’s remains were transferred from Sydney’s Gore Hill Cemetery to the chapel where she rests today. People come ... Read More »

Find God in the mountains

The Archer Mountain

SPONSORED BY THE ARCHER MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THE Archer Mountain Community is a community of people comprised of Christian Brothers and lay people, some of whom live on the property and others who gather each month for spiritual nourishment and visioning of the community’s outreach and mission in our world.  The community is set within the beautiful Stanley River Valley, bordered ... Read More »

Had a rough week? Gather your thoughts at Mercy Place

Mercy place

SPONSORED BY MERCY PLACE SITUATED in the foothills of Mt Coot-tha and bounded by Brisbane Forest Park, Mercy Place provides a peaceful setting that is perfect for conferences or reflection days where environment is a number-one consideration. The venue features three air-conditioned conference rooms which can hold up to 150 people, courtyard facilities (perfect for breakout areas), affordable on-site accommodation ... Read More »

Find God amidst the Aussie bushland

St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre

SPONSORED BY ST MARY’S TOWERS RETREAT CENTRE ST Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, set on 500ha of natural bushland, provides a peaceful environment with a supportive, praying community for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God. The centre offers a range of creative retreats to nurture prayer and provide insight into the rich Christian tradition of meditation and biblical wisdom, as ... Read More »

A place of prayer and blessings in Brisbane’s own backyard

Santa Teresa Ormiston

SPONSORED BY SANTA TERESA SPIRITUALITY CENTRE SANTA Teresa Spirituality Centre has hosted nine Pilgrims Days during the Year of Mercy for parish groups and individuals to come away and spend a day in quiet reflection and prayer. After an initial welcome, prayer and orientation session, pilgrims are given a wide range of activities and resources that can be used to ... Read More »

Pilgrimages and retreats: WYD pilgrim left nothing to chance

Travel insurance with Catholic Church Insurance

SPONSORED BY CCI PERSONAL INSURANCE An Australian pilgrim says her decision to travel to Krakow for World Youth Day was the best decision she’s ever made. But not everything went to plan. Looking back, Kelly says taking out travel insurance before she left was definitely her second-best decision. Without it, her dream trip would have turned into a nightmare. KELLY ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘We will miss him’

Papal meeting

ANTHONY Randazzo is not the first Queenslander to go south as a bishop.   Edward Doody went across the border to Armidale in 1948 and in the same year Guilford Young went further to Canberra and Goulburn as auxiliary before he was appointed to Hobart in 1954.   They came from a land that had originally been part of the diocese of ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘I am praying for Jesus to bless you’

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo

AN initial reaction to the blessed news of Monsignor Tony Randazzo’s appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney was, “Of course… naturally.”  The decision seemed overwhelmingly ordained.  Memories of visiting Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, for various sacred events and interviews soon came to mind.  One such time was when a lengthy story about Bishop-elect Randazzo, then rector, was proposed.  He ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘His life is for Christ’

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo with Fr Morgan Batt

THERE are two outstanding characters, beside Jesus and Mary, that figure largely in the life, journey and spirituality of Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo – St Paul and St Francis Xavier.  Both of these saints were men who were on fire with the Mission for and of Jesus Christ and His Church.  Bishop-elect Randazzo often said to the seminarians when he was ... Read More »

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