Sunday, September 25, 2016

Announcing L'Arche at St John's Cathedral Brisbane

Wednesday 5th October 9.30am

St John's Anglican Cathedral
Ann Steet Brisbane  Show Map

Tony Robertson is a member of the L'Arche Community in Brisbane. L'Arche is an International Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 when Jean Vanier welcomed two men with disabilities into his home in the town of Trosly-Breuil, France. Today, it is an international organisation operating 147 communities in 35 countries, and on all five continents. Tony describes his journey to L'Arche as "crossing the last frontier of fear and prejudice." He will share the story of his journey and commitment to the community. All welcome.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Assisi Peace Prayer 2016

Pope Francis will pray in Assisi for peace with representatives of nine religions  From September 17-20 the spirit of Assisi will return to the city where it was born. Thirty years after the historic meeting that brought together more than 120 leaders from different religions, including John Paul II. This time around the initiative will be repeated with presence of Pope Francis. Then, as it is now, peace is more necessary than ever.(Full Text)

Religions for Peae Australia 

Australian Catholic Bishops Media Blog

Catholic Religious Australia: Resources for International Day of Peace.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016

My introduction to the cultural diversity of Catholicism began in my childhood parish of Ss Peter and Paul's Geelong West. The chapel at St Patrick's Primary School in the parish was the base for the Italian Community.  As a young boy i can remember the intrigue and wonder when we  were given a Chinese priest,Fr Leo Tien  as an assistant. He had come from studies in Rome and led our introduction to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

My young adult years with the Capuchin Friars  enriched my understanding of community and nurtured my passion for work among peoples of non-English speaking backgrounds.Since those days I have had opportunities to immerse myself in cross cultural settings that include the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

Each year in Brisbane I celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with friends and fellow pilgrims at the annual Migrant and Refugee Mass at the Cathedral of St Stephen. 

Australian Catholic Bishops Statement on Refugees 2015
The images I have captured from recent  annual Masses tell the story of a Church Without Ethnic Frontiers.