Tasmanian Catholic - Volume 3 Issue 3 2007

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A publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart

Volume 3: Issue 3 2007

We gather now to follow Him




Restorative Justice at work

Pine Gap Four found guilty

Lay led celebrations





Catholic Church Directory

News in Brief


Website: www.hobart.catholic.org.au



Catholic Diocesan Centre

Working with restorative models of justice What is Restorative Justice? Homelessness - A long way to go WYD leaders weekend WYD - one year to go

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35 Tower Road New Town 7008, GPO Box 62 Hobart 7001 Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 The Office of the Archbishop Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6293

Diary Notes Archbishop Doyle writes

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News Pine Gap Four found guilty of trespass


Business Manager Peter Cusick CPA Phone: (03) 6208 6227 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 Catholic Development Fund Phone: (03) 6208 6260 Fax: (03) 6208 6290

Pastoral Life Lay led celebrations Corpus Christi’s ‘Faith Lift’ MenAlive starts in Hobart Jesus. All About Life

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Liturgy Office

General News

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Vicar General Fr Mark Freeman VG VF PO Box 362 Devonport 7310 Phone: (03) 6424 2783 Fax: (03) 6423 5160

C-Change Plus officailly launched


Calvary Health Care


Life, death and meditation – Fr Laurence Freeman Theresa Burke’s Australian tour to include Hobart Sudanese Bishop visits Tasmania St Michael’s Campbell Town celebrates 150 years

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Kids’ Page


School and College News ‘Nature Nic’ to the rescue Lifestyle Book and film reviews Destinations – Sizzle and Style of South Yarra

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The Question Box






Sister Francis Mary Fallon

The Tasmanian Catholic is published six times per year by the Archdiocese of Hobart, and has the largest circulation in Tasmania to private hospitals, private schools and retirement villages and is distributed to parishes statewide. Contributions are welcome, but no guarantee of publication can be given because of demands on available space. Hard copy versions of items for publication, which must be typewritten, cannot be returned so please keep a copy. Photographs submitted for publication will only be returned if accompanied by a pre-addressed stamped envelope. Contributions, advertising or other enquiries may be made by email to tascath@aohtas.org.au or sent by mail to The Tasmanian Catholic, GPO Box 62, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001.

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Phone: (03) 6208 6257 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Marriage Tribunal Phone: (03) 6208 6250 Fax: (03) 6208 6297

Chancellor Fr Terry Rush VF PP PO Box 42 Richmond 7025 Phone/Fax: (03) 6260 2189 Catholic Youth Ministry Chaplain Phone: (03) 6326 1970 Diocesan Ecumenical Commission PO Box 104 Mowbray 7248 Phone: (03) 6335 4708 A/H: (03) 6335 4826 Credo Books and Gifts 162 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000 Phone: (03) 6223 6774 Fax: (03) 6223 8785 Email: custservice@credotas.com.au Website: www.credotas.com.au Catholic Education Office 5 Emmett Place New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6210 8888

The Office of Church Life and Mission Phone: (03) 6208 6270 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Phone: (03) 6208 6271 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Towards Healing Help Line Phone: 1800 356 613 Museum and Archives Phone: (03) 6225 0683 Heritage Office Phone/Fax: (03) 6224 5920 Centacare Tasmania Hobart 35 Tower Road New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6278 1660 Launceston 13a Brisbane Street Launceston Phone: (03) 6331 9253 Burnie 108 Mount Street Burnie 7320 Phone: (03) 6431 8555 Devonport 85 Best Street Devonport 7310 Phone: (03) 6423 6100 Centacare Employment (Launceston) 201 York Street Launceston 7250 Phone: (03) 6332 0601 Vocations Ministry Phone: (03) 6326 1970 St Vincent de Paul Society State Administration Phone: (03) 6333 0822

All material in this publication is copyright and must not be reproduced without the written permission of the Archbishop of Hobart or his authorised delegate. Closing dates for the next edition are: Editorial & Advertising August 6, 2007. Next issue due August 6, 2007.

Editor Pip Barnard Production and Design Archdiocese of Hobart Printing Foot and Playsted, Launceston

Cover photo: L-R Stacey Atkins (ex-St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport), World Youth Day coordinator, Diocese of Ballarat and Tracey Owers, Archdiocese of Hobart Journey of the Cross and Icon coordinator celebrating the arrival of the World Youth Day Cross in Sydney, July 2007.

One year to go until WYD Sydney 2008! The World Youth Day Cross and Icon are COMING TO YOU! The national tour of the WYD Cross and Icon began on July 1, 2007 in Sydney and will go through every diocese, in every state. This will be your chance to feel the spirit of WYD08, to add your own steps and prayers to the 21 year-long pilgrimage of young people who have carried these symbols of Christ’s love for humanity in every corner of the world. To find out more about the Cross and Icon and how to register as a pilgrim turn to page 9.


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Caritas appoints first woman as Secretary General C

aritas members from around the world have chosen Lesley-Anne Knight as the new Secretary General of the Confederation at their 18th General Assembly in Vatican City. As the Caritas Internationalis’ Secretary General, she will be responsible for the coordination and joint work of the 162 member network - the largest Catholic and the second largest global aid network. Delegates also elected Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras as the Caritas Internationalis President at the beginning of their week-long meeting in Rome. Lesley-Anne Knight is the first woman to occupy the position. She replaces Duncan MacLaren, who leaves office after eight years. She said, “Caritas is a treasure. I look forward with great honour to the next four years at Caritas Internationalis. The work we do here has a lasting impact on the lives of the poor, and I feel humbled to be given this responsibility by my brothers and sisters in the Caritas family. “Our priorities will be to put humanitarian emergencies, integral human development, and building sustainable peace at the heart of the work of the Confederation. Not as diverse pieces of work, but as part of the same programme that will help the poor transform their own lives.

Newly elected Secretary General, Lesley-Anne Knight, with Pope Benedict XVI and Denis Vienot, outgoing CI President, during Papal Audience of Friday 8 June 2007.

Caritas will need to strengthen its coordination, its communications, and its advocacy to achieve its potential for transforming the world through our living faith in Jesus Christ.” Zimbabwe-born Lesley-Anne Knight, 51, of British nationality, joins Caritas Internationalis from CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), where she had been International Director since 2004. She has over 25 years experience working on development and humanitarian issues around the world.

Our gift to Tanzanian Parish acknowledged by me personally and for the family of God here in Sinon Parish. Miss Helena Charlesworth was our former Edmund Rice Secondary school teacher and is a blessed active participant member of our Sinon parish. Her love for our parish moved her to find us a monstrance for benediction as she witnessed us having adoration using a Ciborium… Wishing all of you the best in your daily services in the entire Archdiocese of Hobart in Tasmania.”


rchivist Sr Carmel Hall tells us of an interesting journey of a monstrance from Tasmania to Tanzania. Tasmanian, Helena Charlesworth, who has been working in Africa, told Sr Carmel of the Sinon parish in Tanzania which was without a monstrance for their weekly benedictions. Sr Carmel was able to locate a suitable monstrance from the Archdiocese Museum’s collection: “We were very happy to share it with a needy parish, which could not afford to buy one,” she said. In a letter Fr Gabriel Olle Killel (Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania) wrote to Archbishop Adrian Doyle he said, “...your generosity and kindness is well appreciated and www.hobart.catholic.org.au

Spirituality in the bush W

inter solstice was the occasion for Spirituality in the Bush’s first meeting at the new Labyrinth at St Virgil’s College, Austins Ferry on June 24, 2007. The organisers, Br Peter Flint, Nick Cooling and Adrian Sullivan, led some twenty participants through readings on creation and our place in it, prayers and ritual in the reflective space of Lowamakenna. There followed time for individual walks through the bush, sitting quietly taking in the views of the river or gently following the path of the twisting labyrinth. Soup and bread were then consumed amid the Joyce Centre’s sweeping views. The consensus was ‘more please’ and the next meeting is planned for the Spring Equinox at a venue to be advised. Check out the website for photos, prayers and more information. www.spiritualityinthebush.org


Catholic as TCC President T

he Tasmanian Council of Churches (TCC) held its Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2007 at the Salvation Army Citadel in Kings Meadows. There was a large contingent of Catholics present, including Archbishop Adrian Doyle. The positive achievements of the TCC were somewhat overshadowed at this meeting by the effects of a funding cutback. This will see the present General Secretary, Rev Tim Matton-Johnson, and the Administrative Assistant, Mrs Jenny Roddam, conclude their time with the TCC and the lease on the present office ended. A part-time administrative position, located at a site yet to be Sr Elizabeth Vagg determined, is being advertised. The new President is Sr Elizabeth Vagg PBVM (pictured above) and the new Vice President is Fr Mike Delaney. We wish them both well as they work towards the unity of all Christians. They not only have the support of the Catholic community but also Christians from the other member churches and beyond.

Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc and Councillors Srs Laureen Dixon rsc, Maureen Delaney rsc, Margaret Beirne rsc Warmly invite

All old scholars, former staff, parents and friends to celebrate with them the

160th Anniversary of the Sisters of Charity in Tasmania at a

Operation Pied Piper O peration Pied Piper was the planned evacuation of 1.9 million children from British cities to rural English villages during World War II. While the operation itself was heralded a success by the British government, little is known about the impact the evacuation had on those children. Former evacuee Denis Jones was marching in a Remembrance Day parade eleven years ago when he was asked, “Who are you marching for?” This became the impetus for the formation of an Australianbased World War II evacuees and war children’s group, a support and friendship group for those affected. The psychological benefits of talking and sharing with others with similar experiences are immense and many are now writing about their experiences.

Mass of Thanksgiving

Mrs Frances Durdin is one of those people who have benefited and in a letter written to Archbishop Adrian Doyle she invites any person interested to phone Denis Jones or Barbara Walton for initial contact. Support groups have already been established in the UK, Canada, USA, NZ and South Africa. If anyone is willing to start groups here in Tasmania or simply wishes to contact the Adelaide-based support group, please contact either Denis Jones 08 8552 7910 or Barbara Walton 08 8554 3878, who both live in South Australia.

at 5pm on Saturday, 18 August, 2007 at St Joseph’s Church, Hobart to be followed by a

Celebration Dinner Incorporating the lauch of the book

“To the Beckoning Shores” by Sr Josephine Cannell rsc In the Derwent Room, Wrest Point Casino at 7pm Cost $75 pp including pre-dinner drinks Bookings are essential For enquires and Dinner bookings, please contact Mrs Rosemary Mann at Mount Carmel College by 27 July, 2007 on 6216 7905

Golden Jubilee of Ordination


etired priest Fr Ray Wells will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination on July 26, 2007. Attending the Werribee campus of Corpus Christi College in Victoria, Fr Wells was ordained by Archbishop Guilford Young. Prior to joining the seminary, he spent six years as a Printer’s Apprentice at Foot and Playsted Printers to help support his family. He ministered to parishes all over the state from Flinders Island to Wynyard to Glenorchy.

Golden Jubilee www.hobart.catholic.org.au



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Working with restorat P

eter Toohey has worked as a prison chaplain in Western Australia for fourteen years. The following is an excerpt from his article titled Restoring Dignity, originally published in The Far East, by the St Columban’s Missions Society.

Much of my time is spent listening to inmates and hearing confessions – most of them non-sacramental. They want to get things off their chests, burdens of guilt. They seek forgiveness. They hate what they have done. They hate themselves. I try to help them realise that whatever crime they have committed, this is not who they are. I am moved by the honesty with which they bare their soul to me, a complete stranger. When they tell me about what they went through as a child they are not trying to find excuses for their criminal behaviour. They want to be reconciled

with those who abused them. They want to break free of self-destructive addictions and stop taking out their resentment on others, their own loved ones and the victims of their crimes. Most inmates can recover an empathy for others, especially when they encounter people who help them recover a sense of their own worth and find healing for the wounds of their past. The criminal justice system has shown little concern for victims of crime. But things are beginning to change. There are programmes run in prisons designed to help inmates face up to the suffering they have inflicted on others; to take responsibility for their actions and gain insight into what victims endure. One such programme (run by a prison

Sr Cathy Meese on working in schools and prisons


r Cathy Meese RSC is a school counsellor at Mt Carmel College and an Official Visitor to the Risdon Prison. Her ministry has been in primary education in Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania both as a teacher and as a principal. In the mid 1980s, she becgan working with homelessness and drug and alcohol services run by the Jesuits and Mercy Sisters who ministered to 84 homeless men at Corpus Christi, Greenvale, Victoria. Sr Cathy visited people in gardens, pubs, ministry rooms and squats – which challenged her to understand how certain sections of the community survived. Her value system challenged her to become an advocate for more just conditions for those who were substance addicted or suffered from a mental illness. In the 1990s, Sr Cathy was appointed as Manager of Prague House, a residential home for homeless men in Kew run by the Sisters of Charity. Later, following her qualification and experience working as a counsellor for people with addictions and their families, Sr Cathy was asked by her Order to go to Hobart to be a counsellor at Mt Carmel College.

Q. You have been a major force behind the implementation of restorative justice principles at Mt Carmel College. How does restorative justice work in schools? A. Restorative Justice is a fantastic model as it helps both the perpetrator and victim. There is no blame and it is not punitive. The perpetrator hears the effect of his/her action on the victim. Both have the chance to speak about what they were thinking at the time of the action and what do they think needs


to be done to make things right. Both know that the person is not being blamed BUT the action of the person is not acceptable. I have been present at some class restorative practices and it is amazing how the students can speak and hear each other. It is really the gospel in action “I love you but I don’t like your action”. At Mt Carmel College the girls accept they have a restorative meeting when there has been a wrong done. They know there



ive models of justice fellowship in W.A) is called The Sycamore Tree. The name derives from the story of Zaccheus. He was the tax collector/crook who sought Jesus’ forgiveness and promised to make up to all of whom he had taken advantage.

and reconciled, then making up in so far as possible for the harm they have done. The victims said that it helped to bring them closure – even though these inmates were not the actual perpetrators of the crime.

“Most inmates can recover an empathy for others especially when they encounter people who will help them recover a sense of their own worth and find healing for the wounds of their past.” The programme involved six people who were victims of crime meeting up regularly in prison with six inmates who had committed similar crimes. Over six two-hour sessions they shared their experiences with each other. The Bible story of Zaccheus was a stepping stone leading into an understanding of the journey of healing. It begins with the person admitting to the evil they have done, confessing their guilt, hearing the truth of what the victims have suffered, being forgiven

Particularly moving was a memorial ceremony where each of us lit a candle and named someone we wanted to pray for. Tears were shed and losses were grieved over. Inmate participants told me that this was the hardest course they had ever done – but also the best! They had never realised the impact of their crimes on victims, their family and the community. The Sycamore Tree was a big step in the direction of restoring dignity and hope. Out of it came healing and a sense of being affirmed.

is no punishment being given but that the meeting is to respect, restore and to renew the relationship. We have the catch phrase in the college “the three R’s”: Respect the person, Restore the harm and Renew the friendship. There are seventeen student restorative leaders in the school who take turns on playground duty each day of the week. You will often see them working with students who have had a friendship problem during recess time. Q.What is your role as a prison visitor? A. Last year I was appointed by the Ombudsman for Justice to be an Official Visitor to the Risdon Prison and the Remand Centre in Hobart. I visit both places once a month with Br Peter Flint cfc. I am treated with the utmost respect by the prisoners and the staff. My role is to be an advocate for the prisoner if he is being treated unfairly. After each visit, I write a report to the Ombudsman. Q . How would you describe t he environment of Risdon Prison? A. A prison is a prison! The new prison is an improvement from the old Risdon prison. There are more chances for the prisoners to have contact visits with their families and to have more freedom moving around the prison during the day.

Q. Are there effective rehabilitation programmes within prison? A. The new model has more rehabilitation programmes being offered to the prisoners. They have a case manager who helps the prisoner to effect behaviour management. This does help the prisoner to take more responsibility for his behavior and there is a reward system for behaviour change.

“It is really the gospel in action...’I love you but I don’t like your action’.” Q. Do you think the use of these processes throughout the institutions of society could reduce the numbers of juveniles caught up in the justice system? A. I believe that if restorative practices were used with juveniles, it would halve the prison numbers. The system at the moment gives the punishment but never finds out what is happening within the person. With Restorative Practice it is very powerful for the juvenile to see and hear how his/her action affected the victim and also see the ripple affect of the action on family and friends for both families. The questions that are asked: “What happened? What were you thinking at


One thing I have come to realise over my years of prison ministry is our current system of criminal justice via courts and prisons doesn’t deliver justice. Simply locking up perpetrators does nothing of itself to heal the broken relationships and shattered lives. It tends to deepen mistrust between inmates, their spouses and children. For many, prisons are schools of crime. Yet, there are many people working in prisons and in the community who are endeavouring to humanise the system, to stop using prisons as a place of hiding the homeless and the mentally ill, to help prisoners face up to drug and alcohol addictions, to learn basic literacy skills and further their education, to learn skills that will provide them employment and come to a sense of their God-given selfworth. “It’s a great gift to be able to meet Jesus in those in jail. It’s through them that I am growing in awareness that I am a “beloved Son of the Father”.

the time? What have you thought of since? What do you think needs to happen now?” These are powerful questions, much stronger than the ‘Why’ questions. Q. Can restorative justice replace prisons? A. I’m not sure whether restorative practice can replace prisons, but the programme would definitely lessen the number of people being sent to prison. Q. Is there a role for restorative justice as an aid within prisons to help prepare inmates for full rehabilitation? A. I believe restorative practice should be used every time there is a problem with both the inmates and the staff. At school, the staff member involved is always present when there is a restorative practice session. I have been present when a staff member has joined in with the reason they were unfair in classroom. I have been present when a student has apologised to a teacher for her behaviour after she heard the reason the teacher acted as she did. Restorative practice is a fair and firm process. I believe that the management at Risdon Prison are trying to change the model of the prison and to implement more rehabilitation programmes than there has been for many years.

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What is Restorative Justice? R

control (limit-setting. discipline)

estorative justice is a new way of looking at criminal justice. HIGH It focuses on repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than on punishing offenders. A conference is a structured meeting The restorative between offenders, victims and both parties’ approach families and friends in which they deal with the In contrast to these consequences of the crime and decide how other models, the best to repair the harm. Neither a counselling restorative approach, nor a mediation process, conferencing is a with high control and straightforward problem-solving method high support, confronts that demonstrates how citizens can resolve and disapproves of their own problems when provided with a wrongdoing while constructive forum to do so. affirming the intrinsic worth of the offender. Participation in conferences is voluntary. Conferences provide victims and other The essence of stakeholders an opportunity to confront the restorative justice is offender, express their feelings, ask questions collaborative problem and have a say in the outcome. Offenders hear solving. Restorative firsthand how their behaviour has affected practices provide an HIGH support (encouragement, nurture) LOW people. They may begin to repair the harm by opportunity for those The diagram above defines the four approaches to the regulation of behaviour: apologising, making amends and agreeing to who have been most punitive, permissive, neglectful and restorative. financial restitution or personal or community affected by an incident service work. to come together to Correctional and treatment facilities Everyone with an authority role in society share their feelings, describe how they were may find that conferences resolve the faces choices in deciding how to maintain affected and develop a plan to repair the harm underlying issues and tensions in conflicts social discipline: parents raising children, done or prevent a recurrence. The restorative and disciplinary actions. teachers in classrooms, employers supervising approach helps to heal relationships, allowing the offender to make amends and shed the employees or justice professionals responding to criminal offences. offender label. The punitive approach Until recently, Western societies have relied heavily on punishment, usually perceived as the only effective way to discipline those who misbehave or commit crimes. This punitive approach, with high control and low support, is also called “retributive”. It tends to stigmatise people, indelibly marking them with a negative label. The permissive approach The permissive approach, with low control and high support, is also called “rehabilitative” and tends to protect people from experiencing the consequences of their wrongdoing. The neglectful approach Low control and low support are simply neglectful, an approach characterised by indifference and passivity.









Various uses of conferencing Conferencing can be employed by schools in response to truancy, disciplinary incidents, including violence, or as a prevention strategy in the form of students role-playing conferences. Police can use conferences as a warning or diversion from court, especially with first-time offenders. Conferencing began in New Zealand in 1989 and was adapted by Australian police in 1991. Conferencing is often used by Tasmanian Police when dealing with juvenile offenders. Courts may use conferencing as a diversion, an alternative sentencing process, or a healing event for victims and offenders after the court process is concluded. Juvenile and adult probation officers may respond to various probation violations with conferences.

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,as God in Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4: 31 – 32 Colleges and universities can use conferences with campus incidents and disciplinary violations. In workplaces, conferencing addresses both wrongdoing and conflict between staff and management.

Adapted from www.realjustice.org

See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Thessalonians 5: 13-15 www.hobart.catholic.org.au



Homelessness A long way to go By Bernard Lynch*


ince the early 1970s, Bethlehem House, operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Hobart, has been caring for the needs of homeless men. It is the largest centre for homelessness in Tasmania. Annually it provides some 13,000 bed nights and 33,000 meals for residents, as well as some 5,000 supports for non-residents. It caters for the needs of about 45 men each and every night of the year on a 24/7 basis. The profile of the homeless person continues to change as evidenced by the fact that the mean age of the homeless person receiving support in Australia is now 32.4 years, with the highest proportion (34.5%) being under the age of 25. The duration of support provided to those who can receive such support is expanding. Approximately 20,000 young Australians are still without a safe place to call home each night. Estimates put the number of homeless people in Tasmania at 2,500. Bethlehem House is finding it very difficult to keep up to the increasing and more complex nature of the demand for its services. Whilst continuous efforts are made to increase the capacity of its service, this is just not possible without increased government financial support. It has, however, been possible recently to provide some additional accommodation through Housing Tasmania for homeless men presenting with children. Other recent improvements have been to improve the outreach and life skills programmes; to look at the means by which Bethlehem

House can further assist prisoners exiting from jail in relation to their accommodation and other support needs, courtesy of a grant from the ANZ Bank, and to obtain increased support for residents in dealing with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, with additional funds from the State Government. Figures released recently show that housing affordability in Australia has achieved its lowest level in at least 23 years, some 10% lower than last year. “Out of shelter and into homes” should be the new war cry. During a visit to Australia by the United Nations Special Rapporteur last year, a serious hidden national housing crisis was identified, and he could not understand why housing was not considered a national priority. It was obvious to him that Australia lacks a clear, consistent, long term and holistic housing strategy. Australia has signed off on many human rights declarations, including the right to have safe shelter. These signoffs impose responsibility on government to fix human rights issues such as inadequate housing. Much greater acceptance of responsibility is needed to fulfill our human rights obligations. Whilst the outlook does not look promising on this front, there are other opportunities for individuals and the private sector to assist in providing more accommodation for the homeless in our community. I’d be very pleased to have discussions with anyone interested in supporting the sponsorship of the homeless. *Bernard Lynch is the Board President of Bethlehem House.

“ 20,000 young Australians are still without a safe place to call home each night.”

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WYD leaders weekend report By Olivia Hogarth


he weekend of May 18-20 saw the first official gathering of those interested in making the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Sydney as small group leaders. A mix of people from all over the state came together with one goal in mind – to start preparations for guiding the young people of Tasmania through their WYD experience. On the Saturday morning we began with a stroll to the beach for prayer, which put us in touch with nature as we basked in the morning sun. The day’s sessions then took us through our own journey to what brought us here; to times when Jesus was with us on our journey but we missed him; then what it means to be a disciple of Jesus’ and the actions that we currently do and could do in the future to help fulfill our role as a disciple.

Drâsko Disdar’s session on Pentecost on the Saturday night was thought provoking and insightful. The entire path of exploration was inspired by the scripture reading from which the WYD ‘theme’ came, “The Road to Emmaus”. Another session, led very gently and contemplatively by Fr Chris Ryan, took us through a meditation on that story. This for me was one of the more valuable sessions, inspiring a way of listening to the scriptures, which helps you to really hear and be challenged by the messages within. Another highlight was Camp Clayton’s Challenge Course. Having been assigned groups we were shown though a number of challenges ranging from getting the whole group over a 12ft wall to getting everyone through a course of tyres suspended from wire. The aim, along with encouraging and supporting each other, was to get to know our fellow group members and get a feel for their leadership style and what they could offer the group. We also explored a number of possible leadership styles and the role that each individual’s style, or combination of styles, will have in providing and rewarding and life-enhancing

experience for the pilgrims with whom we share the journey to WYD08. This first gathering of leaders enabled us to build a collective picture not only of what the next year of preparation holds, but to share the thoughts and experiences of those who have been before. It was a great opportunity to meet those involved, particularly Fr Chris, whose role it is to help coordinate the journey of the WYD Cross and Icon throughout Australia and the South Pacific. He gave us much guidance and encouragement as we began our journey. I look forward to future gatherings and hope we are able to build further on our numbers as the pilgrimage approaches. Not only is this a significant event for the youth involved in the Catholic Church, but I see it as a tremendous opportunity to activate, or reactivate, the young people of Tasmania and Australia who have lost touch with their faith. I hope they can hear the call and that the Spirit can guide them to make the pilgrimage for this once in a lifetime experience.

Are you interested in becoming a WYD leader? Please contact Rachelle Smith at the Southern Deanery on 6208 6234 or 0400 045 368.



The Tasmanian journey to WYD08 begins The BIG COUNTDOWN to the single largest gathering in Australian history begins on 20 July, 2007 as we mark the one year pre-anniversary to WYD08.




orld Youth Day 2008 (WYD08), hosted in Sydney from 15-20 July, 2008, is expected to attract half a million participants, including over 125,000 international visitors. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to Australia for WYD08, presiding over the final Mass. Inititated by Pope John Paul II, the first World Youth Day was held in Rome in 1986 on Palm Sunday. Every two to three years World Youth Days are celebrated at an international location – Buenos Aires, Denver, Manila, Argentina, Paris, Toronto and Cologne have all been hosts. Never before has WYD been held in Oceania, and only once has it been held in the Southern Hemisphere. By being in this region, the Church and its young people throughout this region will be able to participate in and be renewed by WYD in a way never before experienced. To find out more about WYD08 please visit www.wyd2008.org.au


f you are interested in being a part of this historic event you should register your interest NOW!!! Jump onto our website, click on the WYD08 Icon to register your interest. Even if you are not sure about going to WYD08 yet, registering your interest will ensure you will receive all necessary information.



he official arrival of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon to Australia! On Sunday 1st July, 2007, Australian delegates gathered in Sydney for the handover of the WYD Cross and Icon from New Zealand delegates. The WYD song, titled, Receive the Power was written and sung by 2003 Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian. In 1984 Pope John Paul II entrusted to the world’s youth a huge wooden cross (3.8metres tall) as a sign of ‘Christ’s love for humanity’. On Palm Sunday 2003, the Pope announced that the WYD Cross would be accompanied on its pilgrimage by the Icon of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romania, a copy of the venerated icon in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Cross and Icon have been travelling the world since and have been snuk behind the Iron Curtain and later to Ground Zero following the Twin Towers collapse. As part of their Oceanic journey en route to Australia the Cross and Icon have been to such places as Rwanda and Gizo, Solomon Island just days after the recent tsunami. The WYD Cross and Icon travel extensively in the host country before heading to the WYD celebrations. The 1 July marks the beginning of the Journey of the Cross and Icon throughout Australia. It will travel to every diocese in Australia. The Cross and Icon will tour Tasmania for nine days from May 11 - 19, 2008.




ext year, the week long celebrations of WYD08 begin on July 15, culminating with the Papal Mass on July 20, 2008. On 15 July this year we celebrate the one year pre-anniversary of this week in every Parish around Tasmania. Within these celebrations pilgrims will be presented with their Tasmanian WYD Pilgrim Journal and receive a blessing for their journey. Please contact your local Mission ACT1V8 team to find out what is happening in your Parish.



Registrations Open


oday marks the one year pre-anniversary to the spectacular final Mass at Randwick Racecourse, presided over by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. This event, expected to attract half a million people, will be the largest in Australian history. Across the country Australians will mark this day with a National Holy Hour. On this day we will receive a message from Pope Benedict XVI and then the Pope will register as the first official pilgrim to WYD08, officially opening registration to the World, followed by the National Holy Hour.

National Holy Hour

People of all ages are invited to join us in marking the one year pre-anniversary to WYD08.

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Solemnity of our Lady of Mount Carmel Sung Mass at 10.00am, Carmelite Monastery, Launceston. Celebrant and Preacher Fr Brian Lester OFM. All welcome. NB. A novena of masses and prayers will be offered from July 7. Intentions to Mother Prioress at the monastery.

July 20

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The Gospel of John: Four reflection sessions led by Fr Chris Hope Maryknoll, Blackmans Bay Cost: $8 per session 10am – 12 noon Final session 7:30 – 9:30pm

August 4

Reflection Day: Ignatian Spirituality/Free to Grow Maryknoll, Blackmans Bay Led by Peter Ryan and Rev Grant Finlay 10 – 3pm, Cost: $22

August 5

National Vocations Awareness Week

August 18 Come and See: Christian discipleship as mindful abiding Emmanuel Centre, Launceston. 9.30am - 3pm. Presenter: Dr Drâsko Dizdar. RSVP, August 16. cost, $15; BYO lunch. Further information: 6334 1082 preferred hours: Mon-Fri 9am-12.30pm or ssjemmanuel@bigpond.com August 19 God’s Earth, Our Earth Emmanuel Centre, Launceston 1.30 - 4pm (RSVP, August 13; cost, donation - further information: 6334 1082 preferred hours, Mon-Fri, 9am-12.30pm or ssjemmanuel@bigpond.com)

August 21 Journeying into wholeness Emmanuel Centre, Launceston Exploring how spirituality and psychology offer complementary insights into the practical issues of life. Numbers limited. Week 2 of 4. Presenters: Peter Ryan, Patrick Fleming (clinical psychologist). 7.30 9pm (RSVP, August 6; cost, $30 - further information: 6334 1082 preferred hours, Mon-Fri, 9am-12.30pm or ssjemmanuel@bigpond.com) August 22 Blessing of St Joseph’s School, Rosebery Blessing of the new administration building by Archbishop Adrian Doyle at 1.30pm Reflection Day: Remembering the Word Emmanuel Centre, Launceston A time to recall the many words God speaks in a person’s life. Presented by Sr Marjorie Boutchard pbvm. 10 - 3pm (RSVP, August 17; cost, donation further information: 6334 1082 preferred hours, MonFri, 9am-12.30pm or ssjemmanuel@bigpond.com) August 25 Reflection day: Finding God in Ordinary Time Maryknoll, Blackmans Bay Presented by Sr Marjorie Boutchard pbvm. cost $22; BYO lunch. 10am – 3pm Bookings are essential 6229 3109 or maryknoll@bigpond.com Sep 5

Care of all creatures, great and small MacKillop Hill Spirituality Centre, Forth. From Assisi to Forth with Francis. With Clare KielyHoyeand Carmel Jones ssj. cost $10. Further information: 6428 3095 or rsjforth@bigpond.net.au 7.30 - 9.30pm

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Archbishop Doyle Writes Dear Friends in Christ,


n the first week of June, I made a short trip to Rome. The purpose of the visit was to attend the 18th General Assembly of Caritas International. It was a very memorable experience, a first for me. Caritas International is a con-federation of members from 162 countries, of which 142 were represented at the Assembly. Countries rich and poor, from the North and the South, the large and the small, were all represented, and on the basis of one country one vote, there was a great sense of equality in terms of the contribution of those present. The theme of the Assembly was Witnesses of Charity, Builders of Peace. The two recent documents of Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est and Sacramentum Caritatis were referred to very regularly in the opening addresses of the Assembly. One important occasion during the week was the Special Audience which Pope Benedict gave to the Assembly delegates. The Assembly of some 350 people was attended by people from many countries, and there was a very noticeable presence of women, particularly from Africa. One lady from Uganda told me that she is the mother of ten children, but that her husband was killed by rebels back in the late 1970s. She has brought up the family on her own, and from what she said, she had done so very successfully. Another lady, from Kenya, has visited Australia as a Lenten speaker for Project Compassion. One of her significant contributions at the Assembly was to guide, to the point of adoption, a commitment of Caritas to a true gender balance in the operation of the organisation. It was also an

“Planting trees, protecting and conserving forests slowing down desertification processes are some of the activities Caritas could support to greatly enhance our capacity to reduce misery.” opportunity to meet two other Lenten visitors to Tasmania, Mrs Rupa Rau from Nepal, and Mr Peter Maduki from Tanzania. The Assembly was also very fortunate to be addressed by Professor Wangari Matthai, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004

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for her work in Kenya through the Green Belt Movement. It was through her efforts to encourage a better use of the natural resources that she become aware that poor people tend to over-use and degrade their environment. They had become dependent on charity and in many instances they refused to face the challenges of self-reliance. Professor Wangari encouraged the Caritas family to embrace an environmental agenda. Planting trees, protecting and conserving forests slowing down desertification processes are some of the activities Caritas could support to greatly enhance our capacity to reduce misery. Professor Wangari concluded her address with the following thought. “We don’t know what the future is for us as ‘witnesses of charity and builders of peace’.” However the Professor recalled for us the occasion when Peter and John were going into the temple and they were stopped by a beggar who asked for their assistance. Peter and John called on the beggar to rise up and walk. It was not Peter and John who had to do the rising and the walking. It was the beggar. The beggar makes a choice to respond to the call to rise up and walk. He could have preferred to stay put and continue to beg the rich. But he decided to respond to an opportunity which presented itself. He was ready for it and his life was changed for the better. Empowering people and changing lives is the call to which Caritas International attempts to respond, along with all the members of the confederation, including Caritas Australia. Adrian L. Doyle Archbishop of Hobart

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Pine Gap Four guilty of trespass By Jim Consedine


our Christian Peacemakers, who entered the top-secret military base at Pine Gap in the outback of Australia to highlight the role of the base in providing military intelligence for bombing in Iraq, are celebrating after being spared prison sentences following their trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court. Instead, the four - Jim Dowling, Donna Mulhearn, Bryan Law and Adele Goldie - were handed fines ranging from $450 – $1250, plus costs of $2500 each for repair to a fence. The public gallery erupted into songs, applause, cheers and hugs after Justice Sally Thomas gave her decision on June 15, 2007. Earlier, after a retirement of five hours, a jury had found the four guilty of breaching the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. This was a test case and the first time in its 55-year history the Act had been invoked. The decision to do so came at the explicit direction of the Attorney-General, Phillip Ruddock. Nine barristers and lawyers presented the prosecution case, while the four Peacemakers defended themselves. Justice Thomas had allowed the defendants to present evidence throughout the eleven day trial, including their beliefs about Pine Gap’s role in the war in Iraq which resulted in civilian deaths and suffering. She later instructed the jury to disregard that evidence and any sympathies they might have for the defendants’ beliefs. “All four were very genuine in the cause they sought to espouse. However their actions – no matter what the cause – cannot justify the breaking of the law,” said Justice Thomas. The charges arose from an action in December 2005 when a group of six people calling themselves “Christians Against All

L - R: Adele Goldie, Jim Dowling, Bryan Law, Donna Mulhearn

Terrorism” notified the federal government of their intention to inspect the Pine Gap base for terrorist activity. They believed it was being used to provide targeting information for terrorist bombing in Iraq.

“What is moral is not always legal, and what is immoral is not always illegal. “ After the verdict, veteran Brisbane Catholic Worker Jim Dowling said, “We went to that base to resist what is essentially a war crime – the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians”. Cairns taxi driver, Bryan Law added, “We have won! For me it was never about trespass, it is a moral issue. “Our action was and is calculated to intervene into the war-fighting operation of

Pine Gap, under the public gaze, as part of an effective campain. “What is moral is not always legal, and what is immoral is not always illegal. If there is a minor law that has to be broken in the pursuit of moral faith then I will break it.” Former Iraqi “human shield”, Donna Mulhearn said through tears, “I thought it was the best I could do given the magnitude of the crime I was trying to prevent. I was trying to fulfil the promise I had made to the people of Iraq to do something to stop the war”. At the trial’s conclusion, the four thanked their supporters, “We renew our commitment to non-violent resistance, which is a powerful way that ordinary people can make a difference in the world. We encourage others to take the next step in rising up against this war. We are reminded of what Dr Martin Luther King said, the choice is not between violence and non-violence. It is between nonviolence and non-existence”. Photos courtesy of Katie McRobert



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asmanian Catholic communities have experienced the situation of a priest not being available to celebrate Sunday Eucharist. In his 2006 Pastoral Letter, Archbishop Doyle indicated that the diocese needs to look more seriously at how communities gather on Sunday in these circumstances. This year, Archbishop Doyle, has asked worshipping communities to consider if there may be a need for lay leaders to lead Sunday celebrations in the short term or emergency situation. He has also requested that existing lay leaders be provided with formation. The main features of these celebrations and the Church’s recent pastoral response are as follows: Sunday celebrations in the absence of a Priest Since the beginning of the Church, people of faith have gathered on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, to give God thanks and praise. Not all communities have had a resident priest and so the celebration of Sunday Mass has not always been possible. The gathering of these communities without ordained ministers on Sunday has been a source of nourishment for the baptised, who have waited in the expectation that a priest would be available in the future. In Australia many isolated communities that cannot celebrate the Eucharist join with the whole Church and celebrate the Liturgy of the Word. They also receive communion reserved from an earlier Mass. These celebrations are known as Celebrations of the Word and Communion. This is a difficult situation for the Church, as the sacraments are at the heart of Catholic Church life.

Guidelines for Australia In recent times the Australian Bishops have produced new guidelines for Sunday celebrations in the absence of a Priest. The Archdiocese of Hobart followed with its own guidelines in 2006, in response to a pastoral letter from Archbishop Doyle highlighting the importance of Sunday for Christians. The guidelines indicate the criteria for the celebration of these liturgies in three different circumstances: in an emergency; during a scheduled short term absence; and on a regular basis. Lay Led Celebrations and Tasmania A number of communities across the state have gathered faithfully on Sunday in the absence of a Priest for more than 20 years. Having adapted and responded to different needs and circumstances, they display a faith that is strong and committed. Since the publication of the new guidelines, a growing number of communities, especially those in regional areas, have begun to find out more about these celebrations. Many have expressed a desire to have people formed for lay leadership in cases of emergency and short term absences.

Diocesan Working Party (DWP) Archbishop Doyle has set up a Diocesan Working Party to look more closely at formation, pastoral practice and the future needs of the Diocese. Current DWP participants are, Jo Elliott, Sr Barbara Hateley mss, Fr Chris Hope, Sr Frances McShane mss, Sr Marjorie Boutchard pbvm, Fr Denis Allen, Cathy Murrowood (Convenor), Gerald and Wendy Aulich, Eva Dunn, Katherine Browne and Lyn Driessen. The late Sr Marlene Binns ssj was a valued member of this committee. Parishes have already sponsored formation days led by members of the DWP, laying the foundation for assessing their future needs. The DWP has recently completed a Lay Leaders’ Manual and a resource ‘Gathering on Sunday: discerning worship needs in the absence of a priest’ which may assist communities to look at their needs, including discerning suitable leaders. The group also L - R: Newly trained lay leaders Susan Salter for Westbury and Maureen p lans to p rep are Bennett for Deloraine. www.hobart.catholic.org.au

various rites of Sunday celebrations of the Word and Communion for the different seasons of the Liturgical Year. Celebrations of the Word and Communion Celebrations of the Word and Communion consist of an introductory element, Liturgy of the Word, led by a trained and commissioned lay leader. The readings and prayers follow the Liturgical Year. Some people may preach on the readings, if they have suitable formation, others lead a general reflection. A prayer of thanksgiving and praise and the sign of peace follow the General Intercessions. A short communion rite, which may be led by a Minister of Communion, enables the faithful to receive the Blessed Sacrament. A simple concluding rite completes the celebration.

Cathy Murrowood and Fr Brian Nichols

Tasmanian writers at Sydney launch of new liturgy resource Two local liturgy writers attended the launch of a new PowerPoint resource for liturgical ministers in Sydney. Fr Brian Nichols and Cathy Murrowood were part of the nine member writing team that produced the electronic training resource for parishes and schools Powerful Points for Liturgical Ministers. Bishop Kevin Manning, former chair Australian Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy, launched the CD, the first liturgy resource of its kind for the Australian Church. The CD features 22 training sessions on liturgical ministry including, teaching notes for session leaders. Topics include: Ministers of the Word and Communion; Children’s Liturgy, ‘Music’, Lay Leaders’, Ministers of the Sick and Dying, and Liturgy Teams. The Brisbane Liturgical Commission published the resource which, retails at $47.50. They can be contacted on 07 3336 9444 or litcom@litcom.net.au



Corpus Christi’s ‘Faith Lift’ By Fr Peter O’Loughlin


n Wednesday, August 8, 2007, Archbishop Adrian Doyle will bless the renovations and refurbishing of Corpus Christi Church during Mass to be held at 7.30pm. Members of the Bellerive/Lindisfarne parish see the preparation for the August blessing as an opportunity for a ‘Faith Lift’ by preparing the community as the heart and soul of the building. The preparations present an opportunity to recall both the many baptisms celebrated in the church, as well as funerals. It is also a time to reach out to those who have disconnected from the church, or have experienced pain and hurt in their lives – even from the church. After 40 years of service, it was time to address some problems and make some improvements to our church. This included the water damage due to inadequate drainage, upgrading the lighting and heating and adding a suitable foyer and gathering area. The carpet was past its ‘use by’ date and contributed to the tired look of the church. The works programme has solved the drainage problems and the church has undergone a 180 degree internal turnaround with the sanctuary now at the river end of the church. Parishioners enter via a spacious gathering area with a clear view of the whole church.

The altar is the focal point and is framed in panoramic views of Mt Wellington. Above the sanctuary canopy a Pugin Crucifix looks down on the congregation, a reminder to those gathered of the rich heritage of their faith journey. New lighting coupled with the newly plastered and painted ceiling add to the light and space of the church. Carpet, heating and overhead projector system add to the pleasant experience. The former foyer will be a prayer chapel open for anyone to spend some quiet time, even when the rest of the church is locked. To invite the wider community to all of the celebrations, a leaflet is being prepared to give some outline of the ‘Face Lift’ and ‘Faith Lift’. Plans are underway to distribute these leaflets to the 17,500 residences from Otago Bay to South Arm. Already, many generous parishioners, schools and businesses have contributed to the costs involved in printing and postage. Please join the Bellerive/Lindisfarne parishioners in giving thanks for the new look Corpus Christi Church and pray that preparations for the blessing will be a catalyst for the renewed enthusiasm in the faith community and an opportunity to share the Good News with others.

“the blessing will prepare the community as the heart and soul of the building”.


Sunday, July 29 All who were baptised or shared in baptisms as parents, godparents and family will be invited to recall the beginning of their Initiation during Masses at Corpus Christi. Tuesday, July 31 The celebration of the Sacrament of Penance will be an opportunity to deepen the experience of the healing and affirming power of the Good Shepherd.


Thursday, August 2 at 7.30pm Mass. The deceased, including the pioneers of the parish, will be remembered. Sunday, August 5 During Mass there will be an outreach to all who find life and faith difficult. Tuesday, August 7 Upper primary pupils from Corpus Christi, John Paul II and St Cuthbert’s School will gather for Mass.


Wednesday August 8 MacKillop College students will celebrate Mary MacKillop’s Feast Day Mass. Archbishop Adrian Doyle will bless the renovations at 7.30pm Mass. Sunday, August 12 For those who watched the long running renovations with interest, there will be an ‘Open Church’ from 1.30pm until 4.30pm to provide an opportunity for anybody who wants to have a look.

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he weekend of April 28 and 29 saw the start of something new in Hobart with the coming together of more than 50 men for the first MenAlive weekend retreat at the Diocesan Centre, New Town. The MenAlive movement was started by lay men in Brisbane about three years ago and has now ministered to over 1500 Catholic men in several states. The Hobart retreat was run by a team of six Catholic lay men (including the founders of the movement) from Brisbane. The mix of games, talks, singing, sharing, meals and prayer together was a very enjoyable yet still potent way to bring new energy and spiritual renewal to the participants. High points were the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the way men shared with each other the stories of their walk with the Lord and the barbecue and ‘drinkies’ on the Saturday evening. The weekend finished with a great Mass on Sunday and the guys went home re-energised and committed to continue to work and pray together for the lives of other men and the life of the Church. The local team is already planning more MenAlive weekends in Tasmania for the near future. For further information please contact Nick MacFarlane on 6208 6270. Here are some comments from some of the men who attended: “I really needed this weekend…unlike many other weekends this one encourages follow up with like minded men.”

L - R: John Bleazby and Martin Stone

L - R: Greg Downes and Arthur (from Brisbane)

“I really enjoyed the weekend. It snapped me out of my spiritual lethargy. I feel that I have been reinvigorated in my faith which will lead to action. ”

“I am just so impressed with the efforts, wisdom, passion of the leadership team. You know what we need and do the message so well. Jesus speaks here. Reconciliation - so nice … how to keep the flame – here it is on fire! Thank you so much for sharing your time with us here in Tasmania. ”

“Well led. Inspirational. Men singing. Awesome. Great spiritually uplifting experience. Realised how to build relationship with God the way it should be. ”

“An inspiring weekend – glad I came along and looking forward to the renewal of the Church in Hobart. ”

“The talks and the sharing made me aware that the struggle I have had is common to many of us. It was a great experience and I believe it will bear fruit for us all. ”

L - R: Tony Davis and Fr Allen

L - R: Matt Streat and Marty MacFarlane


“I have had an experience of reassurance about my ability to make a difference not just at home but also at work… rituals are fabulous.” “I felt inspired by the weekend.”

Joe van Tienen



Jesus. All About Life Christian outreach is happening here!



atholic parishes and organisations from all over Tasmania are that this campaign will bring a greater awareness of the person of preparing to play their part in Jesus. All About Life, a unique Jesus Christ to many in the community.” ecumenical outreach which will invest some $200,000 to see the The Catholic contribution to this worth initiative was launched name of Jesus proclaimed on TV, radio and in print media from last May at Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay and Church of the Apostles, September 12 to the end of October this year. Launceston by Pastor Andrew Hillier, CEO of Jesus. All Jesus. All About Life is an initiative of the Bible About Life – Tasmania and Major Allan Daddow, Chairman Society in Australia and is based on extensive Australian of the Jesus. All About Life committee. These gatherings research about community attitudes to Christ and were well attended by parish priests, pastoral council Christianity. members and interested parishioners. The campaign has been run successfully in Adelaide Andrew explained the process and the extensive and Canberra and Tasmania is the first Australian state support parishes will have to take up the opportunities where Jesus. All About Life will be run as a state-wide Jesus. All About Life will create, such as helping some campaign. people in their circle of acquaintances take a step towards Jesus. All About Life has the active support of all the knowing Jesus better and getting an introduction to major Christian denominations in the state. His Church. Archbishop Doyle has committed the Catholic As Andrew pointed out, one of the great strengths of Pastor Andrew Hillier, CEO Church in Tasmania to be a partner in Jesus. All About our Church is that it is in touch with so many people, in and N/W Regional Leader Life. Writing to the organising committee, His Grace said, our families, our workplaces, our social groups and our of the Jesus. All About Life campaign. “I strongly believe that this approach will provide the friends, who can be helped to know about the power of opportunity God’s love for us through our personal witness. Jesus. All for many people to hear the About Life will create many oportunities for this personal witness. message of Jesus Christ. To help lay people make the most of Jesus. All About Life, each parish “In these times of rapid has been invited to send a few people along to training sessions, to change, it is important that be held in all major centres, from early July, to prepare these people the age-old message of the to run information sessions for others in their parishes. love of God be repeated in Let us all join with Archbishop Adrian Doyle in praying for the a way that everyone can success of Jesus. All About Life in Tasmania and a strong participation hear it. from the Catholic people of this state. “I join with you and all involved from other For further information call Deacon Nick MacFarlane on participating churches and 0418 242 010 or email nick.macfarlane@aohtas.org.au congregations in the prayer


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C-Change Plus launched


illson Training and Centacare Tasmania are proud to announce the launch of their major initiative, C-Change Plus.It’s aim is to give those suffering depression and anxiety the chance to enhance their health and well-being through fitness and social group activities, skill development and volunteer or work placement. The official launch of C-Change Plus, held recently at the Diocesan Centre, New Town,

“I feel that I have gained more confidence, and relate to other people in a better way. The project is a great way for a group to learn how to work as a team. I feel that the possibility of obtaining a job is much higher as a result of C-Change Plus.� Michael

was an especially joyful occasion for the graduating participants who, together with C-Change Plus staff, celebrated the completion of their journey with obvious delight. Mr Graeme Sturges, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, presented the inaugural graduates of the programme with their certificates of completion. Willson Training Manager, Sarah Lowe delivered a very moving account of her

“It has made me a better person, given me more interest in life. I have more confidence in looking for work and have loved participating in group activities.� Brian

experience working with the participants. She described it as a life-changing event for both herself and for many of those involved. Several members of the graduating group spoke to the gathering, sharing their journeys from despair or self-doubt to renewal and self-worth. Good friendships were made, with each sharing an optimistic view for their future. The group also shared the results of their individual projects with the gathering, which were as diverse as the members of the group were themselves. Designed by Dr Toby Croft and the staff of Centacare, C-Change Plus is a three part programme, three days per week over six months, for people who are currently attending a personal support programme through Centacare Tasmania, Colony 47, Mission Australia or Anglicare. If you are interested in becoming involved with C-Change Plus please contact Willson Training on 6278 6000 or Centacare Tasmania on 6278 1660 or visit: www.willsontrainingcentre.com.au

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he laser technology “Green Light” has been available in the USA for about five years for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement – a common condition in men over 50 years of age. Now Calvary Health Care Tasmania is deploying it here. The new laser technology represents a leap forward in treating the condition. Instead of invasive surgery, Tasmanian men can now undergo a relatively simple procedure so that they’re back at work or pursuing their favourite past time in just a few days. Benign prostate enlargement affects half of all males over 50 years of age. It can lead to a number of urinary problems, such as frequent urinary flows, an uncomfortable disruption of the urinary flow and pain or burning. The prostate is a small gland which surrounds the urethra - the canal which carries urine from the bladder. If the prostate becomes enlarged it can, in simple terms, “strangle” the urethra, causing problems for urinary flow. Calvary’s “Green Light” laser technology uses a very high powered green laser which vaporises and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue. A thin fibre is inserted into the urethra, which delivers green light laser energy to quickly treat the condition. Usually, patients can be discharged a few hours after the procedure, or after an overnight stay at Calvary. The benefits of the new laser technology are well documented. Generally, the laser treatment is less intrusive than the old surgical treatment; hospital stays are shorter and recovery time faster; the requirement for catheters and blood transfusions is reduced; and there are less post-procedural complications. Patients who are on anti-coagulants can continue on the anticoagulants when they undertake this procedure. This is important for heart patients and people diagnosed as having elevated potential to suffer a stroke. Calvary is the only hospital group in Tasmania to use this technology, it follows Calvary’s lead in introducing new, associated, brachytherapy services into Tasmania about two years ago.

or the second year running, Calvary Health Care Tasmania set up a marquee at Agfest – the State’s premier rural expo. Held on the first weekend in May, more than 58,000 people attended Agfest over the three day period, despite the very wet and windy start. It was a great occasion for Calvary’s staff, with more than one thousand people popping into the Calvary marquee for a chat. Many of these were former patients from around the North West, North and South of the State. Visitors to the Calvary marquee were given promotional bags containing Calvary pens, fridge magnets, stickers, bookmarks and more. There was also a daily competition – over 500 entries were received – with the daily prize being a Calvary backpack packed full of goodies. Part of Calvary’s competition entry form asked for comments on improvements to the presentation of the Calvary marquee, along with an opportunity to request further information on Calvary’s many services. Calvary was also heartened to receive lots of favourable feedback about its marquee and its presence at Agfest, such as:

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Life, death and meditation An extract, edited by Teresa Murty, from the talk given by Fr Laurence Freeman in Hobart recently


ow a contemplative mind holds the contradictions of human experience in a peaceful and loving tension. “Life is a seeking and a finding. We’re told in those very encouraging words of Jesus ‘Whoever seeks will find, whoever knocks will have the door opened, whoever asks, will receive’. These are very encouraging, hopegiving words, life-giving words, encouraging us to see life as a spiritual journey with ultimate meaning, encouraging us to persevere through those times of discouragement or loss. Clearly, these are words that are not just superficially encouraging, they’re not words that are giving us a formula for fulfilling all our immediate desires, wish fulfillments – they’re not words of magic. They are words of faith. They’re telling us that life is a serious affair, and the seriousness of life is that it is a paradox. There’s living and dying, there’s losing and finding on this journey that we call life. Losing and finding is another paradox. Often we don’t appreciate something or someone we have until we lose them, or until we realise we might lose them. And when we realise that they are losable, that they could be taken away from us, or we could be taken away from them, or it, then our appreciation and our sense of gratitude for that person or that thing in life is awakened. So death sharpens our appreciation and our ability to live fully and losing is an important part of finding at a deeper level. Think of prayer as a big wheel, and the different spokes of the wheel represent the different forms of prayer. We can put in as many spokes and as many forms of prayer as we like. We pray in different ways, at different times according to our mood, according to whom we’re with, according to the time of the day or the season. There are many forms of prayer, not all of them are specifically religious, externally religious forms of prayer. We don’t only pray when we’re in church. We don’t always pray when we’re kneeling down

don’t look at it and say “Oh, what a beautiful passport this is.” I take it for granted. But having lost it and found it, in the finding I appreciate it. It’s only a passport, a piece of paper. But there are more valuable things in our experience which in the losing of, and the re-finding of, we experience joy. Joy is more than satisfaction of desire. Joy is the experience of true being – just simple, pure being. Not having, not holding onto, not possessing - but just being. And so we come back to this wheel of prayer. What does all that have to do with the spokes of the wheel and the different forms of prayer, I was describing? The prayer of scripture, the prayer of worship, or the sacraments, or the prayer of petition or the other forms of prayer. Well, think of where the spokes of the wheel go. All the spokes merge into the hub of the wheel, the centre of the wheel. What do we find in that centre of the wheel? We find, from a Christian perspective, the mind of Christ. St Paul says “we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit prays within us”. The essence of all Christian prayer, this, is Photo courtesy of Penny Edman then is not my prayer. The attention is not on me, on my prayer, but on going to that place where Jesus is staying. His prayer. Now all of these forms of prayer, which feel better. You feel better because you feel are all useful and valid – and meditation loved. Attention is love. If you give attention does not replace these other forms of prayer to something or someone, you’ve loved them. but all of these forms of prayer, in a sense, If you like doing something, you give your lose themselves in the prayer of Christ. To attention to it, it’s because you love doing it. understand that we have to understand what I love walking, I love swimming. Attention is contemplation means. love, and love is the gift of self. The gift of self Another way of thinking about that wheel is a losing of self. In that losing, in that giving of prayer is to say that at the hub of the wheel of self, we find something. When we find it, you find stillness. If there’s no stillness at the we find our self again after that experience centre of the wheel, the wheel won’t be able of loss, we experience pure joy, that joy that to turn around it and the wheel will wobble is described as the essential part of these and fall off. You won’t be able to steer the car. parables, the essential part of this cycle of Here’s the paradox again. One more of these losing and finding. many paradoxes that reveal the mystery of In fact what is really important at a spiritual God to us, and the mystery of our own being. level in the finding, is not the finding of what The paradox in the relationship between the you lost but the joy that comes with the restillness and the movement. The stillness finding, or the finding. Because the joy was at the centre, and the movement of wheel. not there before. When I have my passport I or saying prayers. We can pray when we’re working in the garden, when we’re enjoying the beauty of nature. When we’re working on a painting, or writing a poem. Anything in fact that demands attention, and in which we give ourselves in an act of attention we could say is prayer, or leads to prayer, is part of the journey of prayer. All attention, the essence of prayer is attention. There’s something that you can’t fake in giving someone your attention. When you have listened to someone with attention, then that person will leave feeling better. You may not have solved their problems, but they will

“Life is a seeking and a finding...”


GENERAL NEWS Between the paradox of contemplation and action. They’re not separate realities, they’re not contradictions. They are the two sides, if you like, of the same coin. We enter into the mystery of God through paradox. Just as we enter into the fullness of life through death, just as we enter into the joy of finding through losing. This is why John Main tells us that we enter into the Paschal mystery – the dying and rising of Jesus, every time we meditate. Again, to understand this, we need to expand our usual understanding of prayer. Very often, I think, we identify prayer only with those forms of prayer that are the spokes of the wheel. We don’t go to where the spokes go, which is the hub, the centre, the prayer of Christ. We get stuck in the form and don’t go any further. We don’t let the form take us into the hub of the wheel. At the end of his talk Fr Laurence led a meditation session. This is how it’s done, sitting upright and still, repeat a word interiorly (Fr Laurence suggests ‘Maranatha’, which means Come, Lord) over and over, paying attention to the word and coming back to it when your mind has inevitably been distracted by daydreams, plans and memories. The daily practice is done morning and evening, for 30 minutes. Being part of a group, Fr Laurence said, is a great support and links you to a global community of Christian meditators. Over 1500 groups meet worldwide in homes, parishes, schools and prisons. Our website is www.wwcm.org

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Community Days Community Days in Hobart, will be held in October. Focusing on the life and teachings of John Main. Call Toosey on 6223 8817.


Theresa Burke’s Australian tour to include Hobart T

heresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, will visit Australia in 2007 and will be holding public lectures in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. A public lecture will be held in the Murphy Room, Diocesan Centre, 35 Tower Rd, New Town, Hobart on September 27 at 5pm. Cost is $10 per person and light supper will be provided. This is an opportunity not to be missed by leaders, teams, priests and supporters in Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat ministries and religious and counselling professionals working with people suffering post abortion stress. Theresa has also authored The Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat Manuals for both Catholic and Interdenominational settings as well as Rachel’s Vineyard – A Psychological and Spiritual Journey of Post Abortion Healing a fifteen week support group model. Theresa has lectured and trained professionals internationally on the subject of post abortion trauma and healing. Her books include Forbidden Grief – The Unspoken Pain of Abortion with David C. Reardon (Acorn Books) and The Contraception of Grief – The Genesis of Anguish Conceived by Abortifacients and Sterilization. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats operate throughout the USA and are now growing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, South America, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan and Russia. Theresa has also published a new retreat specifically designed for those who have suffered sexual abuse

Come and see: Christian discipleship as mindful abiding Will be held at the Emmanuel Centre, Launceston on Saturday 18 August, 9.30am – 3pm. Dr Drâsko Dizdar, a Benedictine oblate and theologian, will lead the day. Contact Lois 6339 1414. www.hobart.catholic.org.au

entitled From Grief to Grace – Reclaiming the Gift of Sexuality. This new retreat model will soon be available throughout the United States and internationally to offer healing to victims of abuse, including those who have survived sexual abuse from clergy. Theresa’s counselling work has focused on women’s issues, bereavement, pregnancy loss, sexual abuse, eating disorders and anxiety management. Her qualifications include a degree in English Communications and a Masters and Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, a nationally certified Psychologist and membership in the Society for Catholic Social Scientists, The American Counselling Association, The American Academy of Bereavement and the American Association of Christian Counsellors. If you wish for more information on Theresa’s visit to Hobart please contact: Anne Sherston 6229 8739 or email projectracheltas@smartchat.net.au


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Sudanese Bishop visits Tasmania n June 20, 2007, about fifty people were privileged to hear Bishop Joseph Gasi speak at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, Hobart, about life in the Sudan. Bishop Gasi spoke for an hour and would have continued to answer questions for a further hour if Sr Philippa had not intervened to remind us that the bishop had not yet had his tea. Bishop Gasi began by saying that he had come to Australia firstly to thank Australians for their prayers, and also for the material assistance that had been given. As the first native-born bishop in the Sudan, Bishop Gasi has shared deeply in the experiences of his people. He spoke of peace negotiations taking thirteen years; of the difficulties of working through the UN bureaucracy; of political negotiations with neighbouring countries; of attempts by the Northern Government to Islamicise the country, to use only Arabic as the national language and for the Koran to be taught in all schools with the gradual expunging of all reference to Christianity.

Eventually the Christian south revolted and the war began. It is still going on 28 years later with over two million Sudanese

dead and many more dying because of war related injuries and illnesses, not counting the thousands that have taken refuge in neighbouring countries and have been accepted other countries as refugees.

In his diocese, the government forces began first by expelling the missionaries and then killing the clergy and religious. Bishop Gasi himself gave reference to his miraculous rescue by God from death. Around this time, Bishop Gasi was forced to flee into the Central African Republic where he lived as a refugee for eight years. Bishop Gasi also spoke about the building kits men are given so that their families can return to the village. He spoke of the need for schools; of the hopes for overseas medical volunteers; and the hope that young Sudanese people presently working and studying in Australia will return bringing their new skills to help in re-building their country. Many in the audience were refugees, for them it as an opportunity to hear first hand what is happening in their homeland. Sunday June 24 marked 50 years of priesthood for Bishop Gasi as he celebrated Mass and performed Baptisms at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart. On Friday June 22, he celebrated Mass at Church of the Apostles, Launceston.

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St Michael’s Campbell Town celebrates 150 years T

his September marks 150 years since St Michael’s Church, Campbell Town was blessed and opened by Bishop Robert Willson on September 29, 1857 - the feast day of St Michael. Before the opening of the church, Mass was celebrated in the mess room at the convict station. In June 1856, the construction of the new bluestone church began and Bishop Willson rode on horseback from Hobart to Campbell Town to lay the foundation stone on June 25, 1856. He was assisted by six priest, the pastor, Fr John Fitzgerald (the first

Tasmanian-born priest), and Frs Butler, Hogan, Bond, Dunne, Ryan and Keohan. St Michael’s was the first stone church designed by Tasmanian architect Henry Hunter. Henry Hunter was faithful to the Pugin ideal of re-creating the form of small English medieval village churches, many of which still exist in Tasmania. The stained glass windows date from 1908 and were donated by various families in the district. Another important feature of the church is the beautiful crucifix which – was part of the rood screen-which was later demolished.


Our present parishioners are looking forward to the celebrations and are hoping that some of our past parishioners will join us. The main celebration will be on Sunday September 23, when Archbishop Adrian Doyle will be the main celebrant during Mass at 11.00am. This will be followed by a meal. Details are still to be finalised. Sr Marjorie Boutchard pbvm PO Box 119 Campbell Town 7210 Phone/Fax 6381 1122 centraltas_conara @bigpond.com


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The seed fell on good ground 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Help Jesus tell the story of the farmer sowing the seed. Add words and pictures to the story. A farmer scattered _ _ _ _ in a field.

Draw the farmer sowing seed. Some seed fell among thorns, which choked the plants that grew.

Draw thorns choking the plants.

Some seed fell on the road and was...

Write down what happened to the seed.

Some seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was not deep; the plants that grew withered in the _ _ _ .

Draw what happened to the seed which fell on rocky ground.

But some seed fell on good ground and...

Write down what happened to the seed that fell on good ground and draw a picture of it.

The Word of God is like seed that needs good soil. How can we be like good soil for this seed?

Which of these four plants is the one bearing fruit? Cou Mk 6:7-13

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Nature Nic to the rescue N

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icholas Bonnitcha, or kid, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference, this little idea just popped into my head, and now it’s a big one, all you have to do is ‘Nature Nic’ as he prefers believe in yourself”. to be called, is a nine year Nic has even started contacting schools on the mainland old student from St Aloysius encouraging them to join in the fundraising effort. School, Blackmans Bay, with an active conscience. Nic would like to thank all the schools, Catholic and state, for their He recently contacted Dr participation and support. Dan White of the Catholic “Look out for Black and White Day next year.” Education Office and wrote to “This is ‘Nature Nic’ signing off!” the Minister for Education Mr David Bartlett, to seek approval to organise a fundraiser for Tasmanian Devils. His idea was to have a Black and White Day where all Tasmanian students would dress in black and white and donate a gold coin for the privilege. So far Nic has helped raise more than $8000 for the University of Tasmania’s Save the Devils Appeal. When he was inter viewed by the University, he explained that he was not prepared to tell his children or grandchildren that he did nothing to try to help these animals. “I love animals, all animals and they love me. We don’t want the Devils to disappear like the Tiger!” Recently, Bellerive Primary School invited Nic to their assembly to receive their cheque for monies raised. Nic spoke to all the students and staff L - R: Daniel Prichard, Thomas Cornish, Julie Bombardieri, Nicholas Bonnitcha, Ebony King and Tatijana Griggs. saying, “Just because you are a little

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BETWEEN THE LINES Reviewer Vincent Cockburn Most books reviewed are available in Tasmania through Credo Books & Gifts, 162 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000 Phone: 6223 6774 Email: cathbookcent@credotas.com.au

The future of the Sacrament of Penance Author: Frank O’Loughlin ISBN: 9781921032080 Publisher: St Paul’s Publications RRP: $29.95


t is clear from the Gospels that Jesus called us to ‘conversion’. The sacrament of Penance, as we have known it recently, needs some kind of renewal. Hence this book, written by a theologian at the request of fellow priests. Part 1: The history of the sacrament of penance. In the early centuries of the Church, the usual punishment for perceived wrongdoings was a period of exclusion/reconciliation, after which the penitent rejoined the sect.

Voting for Jesus: Christianity and Politics in Australia Author: Amanda Lohrey ISBN: 1863952306 Publisher: Black Inc. (Quarterly Essay) RRP: $14.95


n this essay, the author shows much sensitivity towards the young adherents of the evangelical revival in Australia,


Later, canonical penances/sackcloth and ashes, or pilgrimages were given. In the fourth and fifth centuries, it became a ‘sacrament of the dying’ to Christians only on their deathbed. Later, in the sixth century, particularly in Ireland, the idea of ‘Tariff penance’ arose, where penance was matched to sin and the absolution took effect only after the penance had been carried out. Later, in the middle Ages, the system of seven sacraments was established, and, under the influence of Saints Aquinas and Bonaventure, these took precedence over the other pious practices of the Church. Confession was not a frequent occasion – once per year was mandated. At the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, the ‘confessional’ was established, taking second place only to the altar itself. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, parish missions began after the Council of Trent, and the conduct of such became one of the functions of new Orders such as Redemptorists, Passionists, Vincentians etc and it was expected that confession would be part of these missions. However, there arose a strong opposition to the practice of confession, especially among men, in the nineteenth century until, in the twentieth century Pius X encouraged the idea of frequent confession, and reception by children at an earlier age, with the concomitant encouragement of frequent confession. Many older readers will remember the 1940s-1970s era when more people than ever attended confession. With the 2nd Vatican Council, and subsequent publication of “The Rite of Penance”, the three

rites extant were now regularised, with the 3rd rite for extraordinary circumstances only. Part 2: Towards a theology of the Sacrament of Penance This section requires a more attentive and reflective attitude by the reader, dealing as it does with the theology of Penance. The Biblical tradition, starting with the Ten Commandments, proceeding in the New Testament, points out that the keeping of God’s laws, and their enabling us to free ourselves from the slavery of sin, continues into the New Testament. The development of a ‘sense of sin’, with an acknowledgment of our transgressions, is vital for repentance and absolution. There follows a section on the future of the sacrament, which looks at where we are in the course of Church/human history especially since the Council of Trent and Vatican II. A renewal requires time, thought and a judicious look at previous rites, with a realisation that the religiosity of the past has, to a certain extent, been replaced (in the West) with a sense of duty to others, and that more individual morality has given way to a more collective morality to social and ecological matters. The author concludes as follows: ‘Given the task before us in the renewal of this sacrament, it seems to me a great pity that there cannot be a more a general use of the third rite given in the ritual, that is, “The rite for the Reconciliation of Several Penitents with General Confession and Absolution. Where this was previously available it drew a strong response from the people of God.’

especially to young followers of the Hillsong Church whom she interviews at the beginning. Her liberal sympathies and humanist leanings are apparent when discussing topics like homosexuality and abortion, and she is obviously a believer in freedom of conscience. She has a well balanced approach towards the various churches in Australia, although at the same time is less than kind to some politicians who display their religious convictions in public too strongly and too

often, and she does not approve of the way in which the government (presumably the coalition) uses religion as and when convenient, always with an eye on political capital to be made. She also comes down hard on those dignitaries who place secularism on a par with ungodliness, and she puts a case for the former. On the whole, a thoughtful and well written essay on the political/religious nexus in Australia. I particularly appreciated her considerate feelings towards her younger interviewees.



LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price. Documentary film by Robert Greenwald. 98mins. Rated G.


AL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price might not be everyone’s choice for an entertaining DVD, but it is very interesting. It reminded me of the church’s social justice teaching, especially since Pope Leo XIII in 1891, with his encyclical letter on labour, Rerum Novarum. Pope Benedict XVI has written about love, highlighting also the justice dimension of charity. Documentaries like this make for an alert to contemporary

God On My Side Documentary film presented by Andrew Denton. 75 mins. Rated PG.


ndrew Denton has made a name for himself with his ABC chat show, Enough Rope. He has a habit of disarming some of his interviewees, and exacting from them a level of truthfulness that is refreshing and informative. In this feature length documentary, Denton takes a camera, his wit and sharp mind to the 63rd National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Dallas, Texas. For the camera there is not much to see, so the film ends up a series of talking heads. For his wit there is a good amount to be amused by, or to laugh at. For his mind there are big questions with which to grapple about religious truth, knowledge and certainty. It is easy to poke fun at fundamentalist Christian believers in the USA. From televangelists, Christian rappers and stand up comics for Christ, to slick musicians



Thought-provoking Documentaries

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office

issues of social justice with which the churches need to be involved. They offer challenging material for group discussions. Director Robert Greenwald has done his research on Wal-Mart – the accumulation of evidence he presents is dismaying and sometimes shocking. After showing how the company takes over prime land, forcing many local businesses to close down, the documentary gives information about repressive work conditions, and control and lowering of wages. A surprising number of statistics show successful class actions against the company for millions of dollars in damages or compensation. As if this were not bad enough, the film also takes up the poor record of environmental care with more images and statistics of campaigns and legal action

taken against the company for water supply contamination and other offences. Two other alarming issues come up. First, is the lack of security in the large car-parks - with stories about the amount of crime committed in these locations. The second, is the boast that the company buys and sells American goods – followed by footage of the continuous labour in sweatshops in China, Bangladesh and Latin America. The film ends on a rousing high as it shows people power confronting the company in Inglewood California, which persuaded the local council to deny a permit for Wal-Mart to come in. This is followed by a long list of US towns who have voted against the company. Stances for justice are more than possible. Fr Peter Malone

belting out praise choruses, Denton finds what he goes looking for: the weird and wacky believer with seemingly unshakeable faith. The problem with this film is that, at least for those who of us who belong to other branches of the Christian tree, it does not cover any new ground or offer any new insights. Maybe this is because we have been more attentive to the growing profile of bible Christians over recent decades. I doubt that, however, because this group has received a lot of attention since they helped Ronald Reagan into the White House. So Denton traipses off for a weekend in Dallas to find out what we know: these believers are sincere, anti-intellectual, socially very conservative and aware of their political clout in George Bush’s America. Their faith is individualistic, based on a literal reading of the Bible and reinforced by personal religious experiences. Unlike Jesus in the Gospels, their evangelical theology has next to no social dimension to it, engaging with the poor and outcast of the world primarily to save their souls. They never talk about development, justice and peace. Their focus on the Last Days seems to be about control through

fear, rather than the freedom from fear, of which St Paul argued so passionately as a pre-eminent sign of faith in Christ, who also said we would “not know the time nor the hour when the Son of Man will come again in glory”. What remains insulting is how these believers equate Christ’s kingdom with their nation, and its middle class comfort. It is not new for a group of Christians to assert that they are the specially chosen people, anointed by God to lead the rest of us to salvation. The problem is that it is irreconcilable with the more universal claims of the New Testament. And we are left wondering how God ever got along without middle class USA. The great problem for religious faith is when it ceases to be faith, and becomes certainty. God On My Side profiles the dangers of a style of faith in which doubt and cautious assertion are considered sins. For all of our problems and issues, I left this film cherishing our Catholic expression of the faith more than ever. It may do the same for you. Fr Richard Leonard SJ



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Which of these four plants is the one bearing fruit?



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Question Box – Questions about the Catholic faith have a son who suffers from a mild form of disability. Our family members are practising Catholics and would like to know what the Church is doing to include us in the Body of Christ?


The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) has given a new focus to the many gifts and blessings that people with disability and their families can bring to the life of the Church. The ACBC has acknowledged the need for the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life to have a specific mandate to promote the participation of people with disability and their families in their faith life.


would like someone to clarify who the patron saints of Australia are.


Currently Australia has only one patron (which is normally the case for most countries) and that is Our Lady Help of Christians. The Feast day is celebrated on May 24. Australians have invoked the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary since 1844 under

The chair of the Commission, Bishop Eugene Hurley, appointed Bishop Davis, the Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Forces, as delegate for disability issues. Bishop Davis said the lived experience of the life of Jesus challenges us all to be more aware of the diversity of needs that our faith community embraces. He has established the Australian Catholic Disability Council to advise the Bishops’ Commission on strategies and projects it can undertake to promote the participation of people with disability in the life of the Australian Church. Bishop Davis said he expected that promoting the participation of people with

disability will provoke yet another step in a wonderful process, which will enrich our Church community’s appreciation of the presence of Jesus in our midst – a presence which is so rich in diversity but so focused on the unity His Presence brings. You can obtain further information and resources to promote the full participation of people with disability by contacting: Mrs Patricia Mowbray Disability Consultant Disability Projects Office Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life GPO Box 368 CANBERRA ACT 2601 Ph (02) 6201 9868 Fax (02) 6247 6083

the title of our Lady Help of Christians. The title first came about in the sixteenth century when Pope Pius V included it in the litany of Loreto. Later in 1815, Pope Pius VII established Mary Help of Christians as a feast day after he returned to Rome from his years of captivity imposed by Napoleon Bonaparte. For some time, though, Australia also

had the patronage of both St Francis Xavier (December 3) and St. Therese of Lisieux (October 1) who were co-patrons of universal missions. This declaration was made in 1927 by Pope Pius XI. When Australia ceased to be a mission country under Propaganda in 1976, both St Francis Xavier and St Therese of Lisieux ceased to be patrons of Australia.

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32 Volume 3 Issue 3 2007


Sister Francis Mary Fallon



ore than seventy years ago, Kathleen Fallon, known in religious life as Sr Francis Mary, left her Irish home and travelled aboard the HMS Jervis Bay to another island on the other side of the world, once here she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph, taking her perpetual vows in 1946. Francis Mary died peacefully on April 29 at Rosary Gardens, New Town, where she had been a resident for three years. Sr Francis Mary was born and lived at Raheen, Loughrea, in County Galway. She was the fourth of the Fallon sisters who came to Tasmania as missionaries from their native Ireland. Her sister Sr Coleman was also a sister of St Joseph and two of her other sisters, Sisters Brendan and Patricia, joined the Presentation Sisters. Having been educated at the Mercy Missionary School at Callan, Ireland, Francis Mary was moved to action after she heard about the need for vocations in Australia from the then Archbishop of Hobart, Doctor William Hayden, while he was on a visit to Ireland in 1932. One can only marvel at the courage, the faith, the love of God and the missionary zeal which led Francis, her sisters and many other young women, to respond to the call they heard to come to a remote corner of the earth and spread the Good News of God’s love to others through their work as educators.

For much of her life in Tasmania, Sr Francis Mary taught in Catholic Primary and Secondary schools throughout the State. Among the hundreds of students she taught was Archbishop Adrian Doyle. At her Mass of Christian Burial, Archbishop Doyle recalled his days as one of Francis Mary’s students: “I have my own personal recollections of her being my teacher in Grade 4 here at Sacred Heart. According to my calculations, Sr Francis Mary was about 25 years of age at that time. I remember her as being quite tall, and, from what little you could see in those days, with a lovely dark complexion. She had a lovely smile and very striking eyes. I also recall her often with her sleeves rolled up, and the skirt of her habit pinned back, getting ready to move into serious work. It was a sign that she was right into everything that she did. My recollection of her was that of being a “no nonsense” person, and the impression of her being a very good and a very committed teacher was verified many times in the subsequent years of her life …” Sr Francis Mary was the first Principal of Shaw College which was established in Devonport as the Catholic Girls Secondary College and which was later amalgamated with St Brendan’s College for Boys to become the current St BrendanShaw College. Sr Francis Mary also spent time as Mistress of Boarders at St Thomas More’s Boarding School, Newstead. She was especially skilled in language education. She studied at the University of Tasmania and later went to New Caledonia and to Montpellier, France, to master the French language which she taught for a number of years. In the 1980s Francis Mary studied at Maynooth in Ireland and on her return to Tasmania she worked to support staff in Catholic Schools in their challenging role as

Religious Educators. She presented Pastoral Ministry Courses in schools, particularly in those areas where there were limited opportunities for professional development because of their location in remote rural areas. At an even later stage of her life, Francis Mary accepted an invitation from the St Vincent de Paul Society to offer support and encouragement to the residents at Bethlehem House. Here, she showed her great qualities of acceptance and tolerance, compassion and understanding, qualities for which she will be remembered and for which she was loved. But this was not the end of her work. While at Rosary Gardens she continued in her role of caring for people and was often able to quieten and help some of the agitated and distressed residents. She captured many hearts, both young and old, and made some very strong friendships that have brightened and lightened her youth and old age. We thank the friends of Francis for their love and devotion, especially during the last few years of her life, years that could have been lonely, but were not. Francis’s desire to do God’s work never faded. Very recently, she said, “I am so grateful to have been able to do his work”. At the conclusion of his homily at her Mass of Christian Burial on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, Archbishop Adrian Doyle said, “We join … in giving thanks to God for the committed religious life of Sr Francis Mary, and for the many ways in which she was able to touch the lives of others through her ministry, my own life included. We commend her to the mercy and goodness of God. We thank God for her work among us, and now express the strong hope of the Gospel, that Sr Francis Mary will be given eternal life.” May Sr Francis Mary rest in peace.

“she showed her great qualities of acceptance and tolerance, compassion and understanding, qualities for which she will be remembered”

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