The Australian endeavor has an episcopal patron in the person of Bishop Emeritus David Cremin
On the “Oz Rosary” website, he credits Polish Catholics for having begun the now worldwide national Rosary crusade.
On Sunday 13th May I went on a rosary pilgrimage to reflect on our country, its needs and our mission. I took the highlighted words of Bishop David Cremin's message as a focus. This pilgrimage began at 3.00 pm at the Sorry Day Plaque in King George Square and concluded at 5.00pm, at sunsetat the entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Alice Street.
3.00 pm: Sorry Day Plaque King George Square
Reflection: And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.
Pope John Paul II Alice Spring (Australia), 29 November 1986
3.30pm: Anzac Flame Ann Street
Reflection: For Christians, Jesus Christ is the strongest example and source of strength in our long journey towards the peace of God. He was the victim of the worst that humanity could do. His response to violence was not more violence but an act of transcendence that set humanity on a new path forever. The mission and resurrection of Jesus are both a message of hope to humanity and a call to conversion: to renounce the sources of violence and to look for new and constructive ways of addressing the pain and anger we see in our world. 2010: Violence in Australia, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
3rd Decade for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
4.00pm: Department of Home Affairs Adelaide Street
Reflection: People who come to Australia claiming protection are not aliens, but our brothers and sisters. If they cannot find protection in their own countries, they are entitled to claim it from other nations, including ours. 2015-2016: For Those Who've Come Across the Seas Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
4th Decade for Human Rights and Economic Justice
4.30pm: AMP Place 10 Eagle Street Brisbane
Reflection: We see a vineyard in which all are engaged as active contributors to the economic enterprise. We are called to work for an economy that is inclusive and capable of putting the needs of the poor before the wants of the rich. We envisage an alternative to market places that are harsh and inhospitable: the vineyard, lush and green, sustainable in its growth and inclusive in its economy. 2017-2018: Everyone’s Business Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
LOUD FENCE is a place to show support for those victims and survivors of child sexual abuse: tie ribbons to fences, letterboxes etc. NO MORE SILENCE.Prayer for survivors and deceased victims of institutional childhood abuse in Catholic institutions.
5.00pm: Botanic Gardens Alice Street Gates
Reflection: Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis, 2013, #53.