IT was a who’s who of Brisbane Catholic leadership with business professionals and ministry leaders celebrating the coming of Advent at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals Christmas party at Customs House on December 4.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge offered some brief remarks and wished everyone a happy and holy Christmas.
“On behalf of so many people, as I look around this room, to say thank you for all that each of you contributes in an extraordinary way, not just to the Church, because we as a community of faith, are embedded in this society in a thousand different ways,” he said.
“Thanks is to you, not just for what you do for the Church in some narrow sense, but what you do for the world in that bigger sense.
“Because every person in this room, some obviously and some less so, makes an extraordinary contribution to Church and world.”
Like every year, the ACP lunches brought unique talks from renowned Catholic professionals.
This year saw writer for The Australian Greg Sheridan, private secretary to the royal family Samantha Cohen and political analyst Simon Jackman each deliver talks on their lives and their faith.
Mr Sheridan talked about existential questions important to both Christians and non-Christians alike – “is God dead and why is Christianity vital for our personal and social well-being?”
Mrs Cohen discussed her life working for the royal family, including time as personal secretary to Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.
Mr Jackman discussed the similarities and differences of religious identity in politics and society between the Australian and United States populations.