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A publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart

Vol 7:1 Feb/March 2011

Standing with those who suffer




Reflections on funerals

Euthanasia – not the answer

Pasquina gives thanks






Archbishop Doyle writes


News in Brief

Catholic Church Directory Catholic Diocesan Centre 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 Funeral reflections Christmas 2010

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A love of Israel -- Jenny’s story


Journey of Jesus


Fly on the wall


Business Manager Peter Cusick CPA Phone: (03) 6208 6227 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 Catholic Development Fund Phone: (03) 6208 6260 Fax: (03) 6208 6290 Liturgy Office Phone: (03) 6208 6233 Fax: (03) 6208 6292

Social Concern

Marriage Tribunal Breaking the criminal cycle


Society should Care, not kill


Supporting community


Patoral Life Missal website launched


The Emmaus Monastic Community


Answering God’s call


General News First Tasmanian enters Campion College


Busy in the Bay


Spirit Dream


Celebrating with God


Edgeways Holy Muck

Phone: (03) 6208 6250 Fax: (03) 6208 6297

Vicar General Fr Mark Freeman VG 44 Margaret Street, Launceston 7250 Phone: (03) 6331 4377 Fax: (03) 6334 1906 Chancellor Fr Terry Rush VF PP PO Box 42 Richmond 7025 Phone/Fax: (03) 6260 2189 Catholic Youth Ministry Chaplain Fr Richard Ross Phone: (03) 6326 1970

The Office of Church Life and Mission Phone: (03) 6208 6232 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 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) 6231 4740 Heritage Office Phone/Fax: (03) 6224 5920

Centacare Welfare Services Hobart 35 Tower Road New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6278 1660 Launceston 201 York Street, Launceston 7250 Phone: (03) 6332 0600 Burnie 108 Mount Street Burnie 7320 Phone: (03) 6431 8555 Devonport 85 Best Street Devonport 7310 Phone: (03) 6423 6100

Catholic Education Office 5 Emmett Place New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6210 8888

Willson Training

Vocations Ministry 99 Barrack Street, Hobart Phone: (03) 6234 4463

Diocesan Ecumenical Commission

35 Tower Road New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6208 6000 Phone: (03) 6335 4708 A/H: (03) 6335 4826


The Way across Tasmania A cross that was and a ‘saint’


School and College News A school with energy!


Creativity at Bridgewater


Kids’ Page


Weddings Catherine McGlone and Simon Harmsen


Verity Cleland and Bradley Davie


Lifestyle Book and film reviews


Obituary Leslie Anning


Bishop Joe Grech


Published six times per year by the Archdiocese of Hobart, The Tasmanian Catholic is distributed to Catholic schools, hospitals, retirement villages and parishes statewide. We welcome contributions, but no guarantee of publication can be given because of demands on available space. Hard copy versions of items for publication cannot be returned so please keep a copy. Photographs submitted will only be returned if accompanied by an addressed stamped envelope. Contributions, advertising or other enquiries may be made by email to or sent by mail to The Tasmanian Catholic, GPO Box 62, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001. 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. Editor Mary-Anne Johnson (03) 6208 6230

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Cover: Flooding in Ipswich, January 2011. Ipswich CBD looking North/West. Coles in centre, St Marys Church on left, Riverlink in background. Photographer: Rob Williams, The Queensland Times. Cover: Centre Photo – Victoria Lang, Rosary Gardens resident. Page 7: Photographer: TimboDon. Page 10: Photographer: J Cliss. Page 16: Photographer: Hannah Rowson. DEADLINE NEXT EDITION March 30, 2011

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

Our reflection art is used by kind permission of the artist, Kaye Green. Titled Celebrating Tree, it is part of a diptych, which was a finalist in last year’s Blake Prize and is now owned by Deakin University.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the current flooding crisis” – Peter Rush, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Church Insurances

We are standing by ready to assist our Church clients to recover from this catastrophic event. There are a number of simple steps you can take if you are affected by a flood or storm:





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Archbishop Doyle Writes Dear Friends in Christ,


ate in the afternoon of December 28, 2010, I received a phone-call from Fr Brian Lucas, the General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, to tell me the sad news that Bishop Joseph Grech had died just a little earlier. I was already aware that the Bishop was a patient in St Vincent’s Private Hospital and was critically ill, but the news of his death provoked a feeling of great sadness in me, as indeed was the experience of many others as well. Bishop Joe, as he liked to be known, was a very special person. It was a message that he himself regularly emphasised to others, particularly the young people, but it was certainly true in his own case as well. Joseph Angelo Grech was born in Malta in 1948. It was a period in that country when there were many more young men taking up their studies for the priesthood than were actually required in Malta itself, so during the years of their studies, students were encouraged to explore the possibility of serving as a priest in another country. So it was that Joseph Grech came to Australia, to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Melbourne was a place where a significant number of Maltese migrants had already settled, among who were some of the young seminarian’s relatives. Joseph completed his preparation of the Priesthood at Corpus Christi College, and he returned to Malta for his ordination in 1974. Very quickly, as a young priest, his special gifts became evident. He was an inspiring preacher and a good communicator and he possessed a deep personal spirituality as the basis of his ministry. For these and other reasons, he was chosen to go to Rome to pursue a course in Spirituality, in preparation for a new role as Spiritual Director at Corpus Christi College. A number of Tasmanian students came to know him during that time. I first met him when he was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in March 1999. His actual ordination was an occasion of great joy and celebration, particularly for the Maltese communities, as well as other ethnic communities in Melbourne.

“Joseph Grech was very much a child of the sun. How often did people call him warm?” May his inspiration and deep faith continue to inspire us, and may he now rest in peace. In 2002, he was appointed as the Bishop of Sandhurst, the rural diocese in Victoria which has Bendigo as the centre. He quickly endeared himself to the people of the diocese, while at the same time he was able to make a significant contribution to the Church in Australia, and internationally as well. He became the spokesperson for the Bishops on the difficult issues in relation to asylum seekers and the treatment of the boat people. He was also closely involved with the Catholic Youth Ministry at a national level and he was the representative of the Bishops on the National Council of Catholic Mission. In addition he was regularly invited to conduct retreats for the Charismatic Renewal in Australia and overseas, and he served on the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees.

During the years we were together as members of the Bishops Conference, he and I often sat in the same area of the conference room, and along with Bishop Eugene Hurley, we regularly went for a brisk walk after lunch around Sydney Harbour. I look back now and remember those as very special moments. Many bishops and priests joined with some 4000 people who gathered in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo on 6 January for the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial for Bishop Joseph Angelo Grech. His sister travelled from Malta to be present. At the conclusion of the Mass he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Cathedral. Bishop Joe Grech was a great gift to the Church in Australia. At the Mass of Christian Burial, Archbishop Mark Coleridge concluded his homily by saying: “Joseph Grech was very much a child of the sun. How often did people call him warm?” May his inspiration and deep faith continue to inspire us, and may he now rest in peace. For us who remain, another year opens up before us. It will be a very special time again for Catholic Youth Ministry as yet another World Youth Day is in the preparation phase. This time the location is Madrid, Spain. For us in Australia it will not be an event of the same magnitude as in Sydney in 2008, but efforts are being made to ensure a strong Tasmanian representation. In October, I will be taking part in the “Ad Limina” Visit of the Australian Bishops to Rome. The last similar occasion was in 2004. The visit is planned to cover a two-week period and it will include a meeting with the Pope, visits to the four major basilicas, and some of the special shrines. This will be the last occasion for me take part in such a visit. I pray that this New Year will be a time of peace, blessing and opportunity for each and every one of us in the Archdiocese of Hobart. As Bishop Joe Grech often reminded his audience, each of us is special. Yours sincerely in Christ ADRIAN L DOYLE AM Archbishop of Hobart The Director of Catholic Education in the Sandhurst diocese, Ms Philomena Billington, has written an obituary of Bishop Joe, which is re-printed in p 33 of this magazine.


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achel’s Vineyard Tasmania is offering the book The Glories of Saint Joseph to readers as a part of a fund raising project. The book is a collection of beautiful texts about Saint Joseph accompanied by stories of favours obtained through his intercession. Please send cheques/money orders for $30 each (includes p&h) to Rachel’s Vineyard Tasmania, PO Box 478, Kingston, 7051.


When the water goes down, Vinnies will still be there M onetar y donations are desperately needed. State President of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Tasmania, Vin Hindmarsh, said with thousands of families losing everything in the Christmas floods, people are already turning to Vinnies for help. “We need to be there for them to help people rebuild their lives, but we can only do that with the financial support of the public,” Mr Hindmarsh said. “Financial donations are the easiest way to make sure we can quickly provide assistance to those who need it,” Mr Hindmarsh said. “When the flood waters recede, Vinnies will still be there offering assistance and friendship: helping people recover their lives.” To make a donation to the Queensland flood appeal, please visit any Vinnies Centre in

St Virgil’s marks 100 years B

e part of the centenary action in 2011! Thurs, April 7 – Formal reception at Government House Fri, April 8 – Celebration Mass – Evening, Class Reunions Sat, April 9 – Return to Barrack St – Centenary Dinner Sun, April 10 – Return to Austins Ferry Campus A sight seeing tour programme has also been organised. For further information or to register your interest contact: Development Officer, Rene Sluyters (03) 6249 6555 au or Centenary Committee Chairman, Tony McGee (03) 6225 4272

Tasmania or mail to St Vincent de Paul Society, 191 Invermay Road, Invermay, TAS 7248. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has expressed his closeness to the victims of the recent flooding and their families. As a gesture of solidarity, His Holiness donated the sum of $US50,000.00 in response to the urgent needs of those affected by the natural disaster.

Lenten Program F

r Michael Tate will be presenting reflections on the ‘Our Father’. This is a very Jewish prayer on the lips of Jesus for His followers and for all humanity. When: Thursdays, March 17, 24 and 31 at 10 am and 7 pm. Where: Foyer, Holy Spirit Church, corner Sandy Bay Rd and Duke St, Sandy Bay.

All welcome!

40 days for life Urgent call from CWL! S 4 0 Days For Life is a worldwide pro-life campaign that raises awareness of the spiritual, physical and emotional dangers of abortion. This year, 40 Days For Life will be commencing in Tasmania to fight against abortion using a three-point programme: Prayer and fasting Constant vigil Community outreach If you are interested please contact Erinn McDonnell by email: fortydaysforlife@ or by phone: 04 07 694 137 or (03) 6297 8583.

peak up in support of marriage NOW! The House of Representatives has passed a motion calling on all federal parliamentarians to seek the views of their constituents on homosexual marriage. CWL believes that all who value marriage as between a man and a woman have a responsibility to accept this opportunity, and let their Federal Government Member know by phone, fax, email or letter. Mr Dick Adams (Lyons) Mr Geoff Lyons (Bass) Ms Julie Collins (Franklin) Mr Andrew Wilkie (Denison) Mr Sid Sidebottom (Braddon). Parliament resumes in February. There is no time to lose.

CWL urges Catholics to recognise two important facts: 1) Politicians cannot read minds. You have to tell them what you think. 2) Politicians count heads. Numbers matter. Supporters of same-sex marriage realise the truth of these facts and will be lobbying vigorously. All that is needed is a statement that you value marriage in its present form and do not support same-sex marriage.


Sweet Perfume in Spiritual Education Bouquet Office Anniversary To Jesus through Mary T 2 011 sees 50 years since the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO) was established. On March 3, 1961, Archbishop Guilford Young appointed Father James Dolan as the first Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania. The TCEO will be acknowledging this Jubilee and celebrating it during March. They are requesting the LOAN of memorabilia. If you can help, please contact Sr Gabrielle Morgan at the Catholic Education Office, Ph (03) 6210 8888.

he Legion of Mary recently held a Spiritual Bouquet for its outstanding member of 62 years ser vice, Tom Dempsey. Tom served as a Councillor for the City of Glenorchy for many years, as well as being a member of the Water Board, Ambulance Board and the Derwent Entertainment Board. He has been an active member of the Glenorchy Parish. Tom joined the Legion of Mary in South Australia in 1948, and has served in many positions in Tasmania over 56 years.

The Spiritual Bouquet for Tom comprised Masses, Rosaries, and other good works offered for him by Legion members and auxiliaries. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members, through their prayer and service in the community.

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Newman Lectures E

ll the Churches in the North East report on declining numbers and no youth, rising costs and wondering what do we do? Do we close up shop? No! There is some good news and many good things are happening in the area. The Catholic Community has re-established Mass at Gladstone, after an absence of over eight years. A Mass was celebrated on January 9 with the congregation of parishioners and visitors enjoying a picnic lunch afterwards. It will usually be held on the fifth Sunday. We are writing a factual and social history of the Parish and ask readers with connections to the Scottsdale Parish (formerly Derby) to contact us. Care will be taken of any borrowed materials, which will be returned. We are particularly interested in photos of Pyengana, Gladstone and Pioneer Churches. We will also be grateful for your stories or information. Please contact Margaret Fairburn on (03) 6354 6141 or email: or

usuf (Cat Stevens): Roadsinger Live in Australia DVD When he first hit the road in Australia it was as the enigmatic Cat Stevens, a powerful and evocative singersongwriter who brought the world Moonshadow, Wild World, The First Cut is the Deepest and so many other classic folk-pop hits. In 2010, 36 years later, he returned, reminding us that the voice that enchanted

and inspired the dreams of a generation is still as timeless as ever. To win a free copy of the DVD, send your name and address on the back of an envelope to: Yusuf Competition, The Tasmanian Catholic, GPO Box 62, Hobart 7001. The deadline is March 18. The winner will be announced in the April edition. The winners of Mary DVD were Helena Charlesworth from Sacred Heart High School, Kiribati and A Fenner, Rosetta. J Payne, Riverside won Yu the Dragon Tamer.

elay for Life is a major awareness and fundraiser for the Tasmanian Cancer Council. The Council helps victims of cancer and their families though support programmes and practical assistance. Our Fr Richard Ross is entering a team in this year’s Launceston Relay for Life. “I was supported by so many people during the past year, and now it is time to give a little back” Fr Richard said. To donate or participate go to au and follow the links to Launceston and Fr Richard’s Team.

vangelist Blessed John Henry Newman, beatified in Birmingham 2010, awaits Canonisation. A convert to Catholicism, he was guided by the indwelling spirit. The Newman Association lecture series celebrates his journey through testimonies of personal conversion .

February Lecture My Journey to the Catholic Way Speaker: Rosemary Petchell 7.30pm, February 27, Holy Spirit Church, 275 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay.



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Life is changed, n not ended… n By Fr Mark Freeman


fter all the years of celebrating the funeral rites for those who have died, it still amazes me how often people comment that there is something very special about how we farewell our dead: there is no doubt about you Catholics, you really know how to bury the dead. These comments remind us to keep ourselves focused on some important elements of what we believe and how this shapes the rituals and the words we use when faced with the death of a loved one, a member of our faith community. Each week at Mass we profess our faith in Jesus who was born among us, who died and rose again to incorporate us into the fullness of life with our God.

When we come to bury our dead, we do likewise. In the face of death, we assert the dignity of our humanity. We are unafraid to honour the body that in life was the temple of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge the pain of loss and grief. At the same time we proclaim our belief in God’s desire for us to share in the fullness of life. Our belief in the Communion of Saints allows us to accompany in prayer those who have died. We continue to pray for them and with them as they come into the presence of God. The words we use are not simply expressions of consolation to soothe whatever pain might be being experienced. They are the proclamation of our faith. No matter the intensity, even the horror, of our grief, we know what we believe and in the face of death we express it with all our hearts.

When we come to prepare a funeral liturgy, it is this rock solid faith that forms the basis of what we choose to do. I believe this faith gives us a confidence to respond to the particular circumstances of those whose loved one has died. We should be unafraid to consider their needs. It is our responsibility to bring our faith to bear, not in a way that burdens and restricts, but rather in ways that liberate and enable a growth in an awareness of the closeness of God, a deeper appreciation of what we believe. Funerals can be difficult, especially when they come as a result of profound human tragedy. However, I always pray for inspiration from the Holy Spirit that what I say and pray, whatever rituals I use, will proclaim the presence of the same Lord who was born among us, who suffered, died and rose again for our salvation.

Our Catholic hope By Fr Gerald Quinn


t Paul wrote “We want you to be quite certain about those who have died: to make sure you do not grieve about them like the other people who have no hope” (1Thess 4:13). St Paul emphasises the importance of hope in our grieving. Our Lord showed us that grieving is something good when He wept at the death of Lazarus. But we grieve as people with hope. We hope that our relatives and friends will be welcomed into Heaven. Our Lord tells

us: “I am going now to prepare a place for you…so that where I am, you may be too” (John 14:2-3). We hope in the loving mercy of God: “For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but so that through Him the world might be saved” (John 3:17). The Catholic funeral emphasises this hope through the Scripture readings and the prayers and the hymns. The prayers at a funeral, especially the prayers of Holy Mass, give us great hope. This same hope comes through the words of hymns used at Catholic funerals: “Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me

and in God’s house for evermore, my dwelling place shall be.” “O breathe on me, O breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with You the perfect life of Your eternity.” The Scriptures keep nourishing our hope: “I am the Resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he die, he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11: 26). And there is a real sense of joy as we say,“May the Angels lead you into Paradise, May the Martyrs come to welcome you.” The Catholic funeral is full of hope. In it Catholics are deeply touched by the love and compassion of Christ who comforts them in their time of grief.


From sadness to immortality By Fr Denis Allen


remember my very first funeral some 45 years ago on a windy, rainswept day at the Linda Cemetery off the Lyell Highway below Gormanston on the West Coast. I don’t remember the deceased person’s name but do remember the occasion. Another, more dramatic riverside burial stands out from my Queenstown days. A Polish worker, Maximillian by name, from memory, had driven his car off the road into the very fast flowing Yolande River, between Queenstown and Zeehan. It took the rescue teams about ten days to discover it and by special permission, I flew with the police by helicopter to give the poor man the funeral rites on the riverbank. When passing the Yolande, I still say a prayer for him... I have kept no chronicled record of the hundreds of funerals I have since celebrated, but in more recent times, the collection of funeral booklets reminds me of the people and circumstances of their death and the families who mourn their passing. In the early days of photocopiers, I used to produce my own, but today they are professionally done by the various funeral directors, which brings me to the next point...

We leave the church, lifted out of our sadness, with the hope and comfort of the Lord’s teaching about death and the promise of eternal life Funeral Homes with chapels are commonplace today, but in my early days, we were not permitted to conduct funerals ‘outside’ the church except graveside burials under special circumstances. Likewise, cremations were rare and it was not until The Order of Christian Funerals was published after Vatican II that they were sanctioned. The Order of Christian Funerals is a little gold-mine, especially in its Decree and introductions. Like many a car driver, we don’t often look at the manual and study it

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Comforting ritual Fr Tony Kennedy sm


can clearly remember the first funeral that I conducted. It was for an elderly man from a large family. I remember that he used to keep canaries, and in fact, some of his birds had won first prize at the Royal Melbourne Show. I was very nervous. There were a lot of family and friends at the church. It began to rain during the Mass and as we approached the cemetery the rain got heavier. The funeral director suggested that we wait in our cars to see if the rain would ease. It didn’t. After the burial back at the family home everyone’s shoes were in a pile at the front door covered in red mud. At most funerals I have not met the deceased person. A lot of the time I haven’t met the family before either. I believe it is important to involve the family in the preparations for the liturgy: the choice of hymns, readings and prayers. I am constantly

amazed by the way so many families select John 14:1-6 as the gospel. There is something about this text that people find comforting. Maybe it is the words of Jesus: “Trust in God still, and trust in me.” Some people find it helpful to be able to do something during the liturgy that doesn’t involve speaking. I invite people to come and light candles or to sprinkle the coffin with holy water. Inviting someone from the family to share some memories of the person is important. The readings from the scriptures speak to us of God. So too God speaks to us through the life of the person we are remembering. Funerals are important rituals in our society. At funerals people have taught me a lot about life and love and celebrations and grief. Funerals are an opportunity for the community to gather to celebrate the life of the deceased, to support the family and friends who are grieving and to pray to God for the person. It is a privilege to minister as a priest at funerals

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Useful Resources The Archdiocese of Hobart has produced a series on Death, Suffering and the Church. The four sheets cover Death and Christian Hope, Suffering and Christian Faith, The Role of the Christian Community and the Rites of the Church. They are available from parishes and can be downloaded from on our website. (Go to liturgy.html ) Archbishop Adrian Doyle has written a pastoral letter on the Rites of Christian Burial which is available on line www. and in hard copy from parishes or the Diocesan Centre (email or telephone (03) 6208 6222) Also recommended is the beautifully produced handbook When a Loved One Dies – A Catholic Funeral Companion. Available from John Garratt Publishing



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’m visiting the Knights of the Southern Cross. I’ve read the Da Vinci Code and seen Monty Python so I’m expecting secret esoteric men’s business with weird rituals and perhaps even a special handshake or a murder or two! I mean, aren’t the Knights just a Catholic version of the Freemasons? They are keen to promote their organisation and attract new members and they’re after publicity, so we set up a date – not a meeting or a Mass but a good old Aussie barbie. I was introduced to a heap of normal blokes and their wives and had a lovely meal and conversation. The next meeting was their first meeting of the year – perhaps this is where I’d see the secrets… The venue is under the church at Kingston and men gather and greet each other warmly. The twelve of us sit around a table and each member seems to feel comfortable contributing his thoughts. The meeting begins with prayer. Prayers from the Knights’ leaflet are recited together and the flood victims are especially prayed for. They then read together the objects of the Order which are: To promote the advancement of Australia To foster the Christian way of life throughout the nation To promote the welfare of its members and their families To encourage spiritual, social and intellectual activities amongst its members To conduct and support educational, charitable, religious and social welfare work. The rest of the night follows fairly standard meeting procedure with apologies, minutes read, business arising and general business. Prayers are read at the conclusion and then members relax over a cuppa and biscuit before they leave. The move is on to promote the Order and, with Kingston being the only functioning branch in Southern Tasmania, there is much discussion on the best ways to do this. They look at pamphlets,

designs for new tops, proposed advertisements and organise meetand-greet barbecues at various centres. They discuss the logistics of some of their regular events such as the Australia Day Mass, an annual Mass at the site of the old Flower Pot church, and the parish celebration of Pancake Day. They examine social issues such as the proposed introduction of euthanasia legislation. There is discussion of a suitable project for this year. Last year the branch helped build a water tank in Tanzania. All this discussion takes place with good humour, openness and a very practical Aussie attitude. This is a group of men who get things done – you can leave any notions of weird practices and secrets behind! The men of the Knights of the Southern Cross Tasmania want you to know who they are and they want other men to join them in their works. If you see any of them, ask them about the Knights or contact president Kelvin Green phone (03) 6229 4167 or email Top photo, Back L-R: Graeme Denehey, Harold Gregg, Peter Tracey, John Adkins, Chris Huppelschoten, Front L-R: Mitchell Coleman, Noel Fyfe, John Shelverton, Kelvin Green, Tony Ryan and John O’Reilly.

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Breaking the criminal cycle By Margaret Donaghy


hat is the purpose of our prisons? Is it to punish offenders and for justice to be seen to be done? Is it to seek revenge or to offer offenders the opportunity to improve themselves as a person? Justice means more than punishment, God’s justice means much more. We cannot tolerate behaviour that threatens lives or violates the rights of others. As a Church we believe in responsible and accountable punishment. At the same time we do not give up on those who break the law. We believe that both the victim and the offender are children of God. As the late Bishop Joe Grech often said, “God does not make rubbish”. Justice involves restoring both the victim and the offender so they can experience God’s grace and be healed. The fact is most prisoners are released back into the community. If we want a safer society it is important that those in prison come out better than they went in. It can be difficult to promote the interests of those who are seen as the despised and sinful in our society. Pope John Paul II stated that not to promote the interests of prisoners would make imprisonment a mere act of vengeance. Prisoners should have the opportunity to redeem themselves. People are capable of change. It can be easy for us to take the moral high ground. Prisoners are often stereotyped as being a group different from us. In some ways this is true as most prisoners do not come from stable families, or have a good education and gainful employment. They often face difficult challenges but do not have the resources to deal with their problems. Offenders represent one of the most marginalised groups in society made up of individuals who have often experienced a lifetime of disadvantage. The reasons for persons offending and reoffending are

complex and need to be addressed. Many prisoners have problems with literacy. Prisoners are more likely to have experienced poor parental support, had difficulties at school, be unemployed, have poor housing and lack knowledge and skills. It is estimated that fifty percent of prisoners have a mental illness. Some argue that prisons have become the new asylums for Australia’s mentally ill. Preventing recidivism involves implementing early intervention programmes and rehabilitation programmes for all prisoners as a lot of crime is due to drugs, alcohol, gambling and mental health issues which are treatable conditions. The impact on the families of prisoners is significant. Prisons are not child friendly and visiting a family member in prison is not an easy process. The family income is reduced and bills have to be paid. Maintaining family connections can help offenders understand the consequences of their crime as well as provide better integration back into the community. Ex-prisoners who are able to gain stable employment and accommodation are much less likely to reoffend in the future. The State Government is developing a ten year strategic plan for Corrective Services titled Breaking the Cycle: Tasmanian Corrections Plan (2010-2020). Summary of feedback to the Breaking the Cycle Discussion Paper generally supported the idea of expanding sentencing options to deliver more effective and acceptable outcomes. This is not being soft on crime but being smart on crime. Options that have been implemented include Court-Mandated Drug Diversion. This programme aims to provide offenders with an opportunity to acknowledge and address offending

Solidarity recognises that we are all responsible for all. It calls us to seek alternatives that do not only punish, but rehabilitate, heal and restore.

behaviour. The aim is to break the drug-crime cycle by involving offenders in treatment and rehabilitation programmes. The flow of offenders in and out of prison consists of persons serving short sentences for relatively minor offences. Approximately twelve percent of Tasmanian prisoners are there for road traffic offences. A period of imprisonment may deter individuals from re-offending, however, a study by the NSW Bureau of Crime and Justice found that a period of imprisonment may in fact increase the probability of future re-offending. Australian Bureau of Statistic figures show that crime rates have gone down but prison rates continue to increase. The imprisonment rate between 1999 and 2009 increased in Tasmania by forty five percent. But crime has not gone away. If we are serious about getting tough on crime we should focus on what leads to crime in the first place. Solidarity recognises that we are all responsible for all. It calls us to seek alternatives that do not only punish, but rehabilitate, heal and restore.

Justice involves restoring both the victim and the offender so they can experience God’s grace and be healed.



Missal website launched A

new website designed to assist Tasmanian parishes and communities with the introduction of the new Mass texts has been launched. The website will provide up to date information about the revised English translation of the Roman Missal which will begin to affect every Catholic parish, school and community across Tasmania this year. The Website outlines the phases of the implementation process and includes some sample texts associated with the changes. Details of workshops and other formation sessions around the State will be available in a news and events section. Much of the website contains information about useful resources and links as well as details of the new and revised music settings of the Mass. The suggested resources range from DVDs, videos and articles, to books, links to other websites and printable booklets and pamphlets. A page is devoted to answering frequently asked questions. Many of these questions emerged from the information sessions ‘Preparing the Way for the Missal’ held around the State in Advent last year. The website will be an important tool in assisting parishes, schools and other communities as they find out more about the changes and prepare to implement them. Resources and information will continue to be added to the website during the year.

The Australian Bishops have indicated the changes to the Mass texts will be phased in after Pentecost this year. The website has been prepared by the Liturgical Commission through the Liturgy Office. The Liturgical Commission is assisting communities with the introduction of the revised translation. The website can be found at: A link is also provided on the front page of the Diocesan website.

Music workshops to trial new Mass settings W

orkshops are being planned for different parts of the State in the coming weeks to provide an opportunity for people to hear and sing the Mass settings associated with the new translation of the Roman Missal. Tasmanian Catholics have been invited to learn a new musical setting of the revised texts this year. The six Australian music settings recommended by the Australian Bishops will be featured in the workshop.

The compositions employ a variety of styles and the music ranges from easy to that which is more challenging. Participants will be invited to listen, as well as sing along. Parishioners, students, school staff, priests, religious, liturgical leaders, music ministers and all who enjoy singing are invited to attend. The workshop is designed to assist communities to decide which musical settings of the revised translation will be suitable for their local communities.

Details can be found on the Missal website:

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Building gingerbread houses = building community By Maggy Agrey and Ellen Clark (Centacare Stitch Support Workers)


t’s not every day you see nine different communities sitting down and making a Gingerbread House. That’s what happened on Friday, November 26, 2010, at the Centacare Stitch Programme with Afghani, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Sudanese, Congolese, Somalian, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Australian women learning a brand new skill. Organised by the Taroona Combined Churches Gingerbread Team and support workers for Stitch, seventeen ladies sat very closely together intently learning the fine art of Gingerbread House design and decorating. Cross cultural learning is so much fun, here is some of the conversation: “You can eat the houses

ladies! “ response – “Why? Why would we eat the houses?” “Because that’s what you do.” “Not me. I don’t want to eat the house it looks too good.” For our first timers and all those who joined the Gingerbread House making this is a historical and cultural activity in many European cold climate countries, a time when families get together and talk house and home, where grandmothers and mothers and little ones get together and have fun prior to the Christmas period. Well that’s just what happened, we all had fun, cross cultural meetings, where women shared their knowledge, traded lollies for their roofs and talked slowly so we could understand each other. A huge thank you to the Ladies from the Taroona Combined Churches Gingerbread Team – Evelyn, Laura, Ruth and Janet, for your care in sharing the Gingerbread House activity – we look forward with great anticipation to 2011 and more Gingerbread making – this time to eat!!

Christmas visits A

rchbishop Adrian Doyle not only had liturgies in St Mary’s Cathedral over Christmas, but he also celebrated two very special Masses at other venues. One event was an Advent Mass and carol singing at Bethlehem House, a Hobart shelter for homeless men. He was joined by the choir of Sacred Heart Church, New Town, and several visitors to the shelter. The other event was Christmas Mass for residents at Risdon Gaol which he concelebrated with prison chaplains Frs Denis Allen and Bob Curmi. The men and women on the ‘inside’ were pleased to have the guests share with them at what is often quite a poignant time. “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me…and when I was in jail, you visited me…Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.” Matt 25: 36, 40


A Country Christmas


Christmas Live in the City

By Peter M Roach


hristmas in 2010 was, for my wife and me, quite different. Instead of celebrating the birth of Christ in the Cathedral in Hobart, my home church from infancy and for many decades, our celebrations would not be the traditional Midnight Mass in the Cathedral, impressively decorated and illuminated by candles and led by our Archbishop, attended by his priests and acolytes. Instead we celebrated Christmas in the parish of St Michael’s at Campbell Town. There was no Midnight Mass for Christmas - instead a vigil Mass at 8 pm celebrated by a visiting priest. St Michael’s was not candle-lit. There was no assisting priest. There were no acolytes - but instead a solid, faithful remnant of ageing parishioners – and visitors. Nor was there any Mass next day, Sunday, to mark the Feast of the Holy Family. Instead, there was something quite special. With no priest available, the laity, organised by the Parish Sister, Sr Marjorie Boutchard PBVM, conducted a Eucharistic service. It was an effective and impressively worshipful service - with many in that small community playing significant roles. A layman led the service; readers proclaimed the Scriptures; Sr Marjorie presented her reflections on the Readings; Eucharistic ministers distributed Holy Communion; the organist led the singing in praise of God; and the collectors gathered up the financial contributions for the support of their parish.


hristmas Live in the City is a weeklong ecumenical venture which has been held annually for the past three years around the grounds of St David’s Cathedral in Hobart. Catholics and Anglicans join with people of other denominations, choirs and sometimes live animals to portray the real Christmas story to shoppers and city workers. On Wednesday of the week before Christmas students from the Conservatorium of Music entertained with carols, a prison chaplain cooked free sausages which were handed out to people going past by shepherds and kings and Mary nursed her baby. On Thursday Michael Colrain and singers from St Joseph’s choir performed.

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The overwhelming impression was that St Michael’s was a Faith Community: a parish of the people – persons committed to the worship of God – even when lacking the full-time pastoral care of priests. St Michael’s predated St Mary’s Cathedral by some 24 years. It was designed by that distinguished architect, Henry Hunter and the design was greatly influenced by the work of Augustus Welby Pugin: that remarkable Christian architect and designer who, among many other things, was in large measure responsible for the design of many features of the UK Parliament at Westminster. Friend as he was to Bishop Robert Willson, our first Bishop, he provided Willson with models for the construction of churches at Colebrook and Oatlands; and provided an array of altar vessels and vestments which remain to this day the pride of this Archdiocese. Three priests are specially revered in the parish as their remains are buried in the grounds. They were Dean Daniel Connell, born at Ross and believed to have been the first Australian-born priest; the Frenchman, Fr Henri Chetail (1903-1904 ) – a Missionary of the Sacred Heart – whose community still renders service in Tasmania; and Fr Leo Kirkham, who served the parish for sixteen years prior to his death in 1985.

rimary students from St Mary’s College, along with students at other schools in Tasmania, have their religious education enhanced by ‘Godly Play’ figures. Some are purchased, while others are lovingly produced at the College, mostly by aide Julie Stokes. There is a set for Christmas as well as other sets. Mary MacKillop, St Mary of the Cross, even has a figure ready! The teachers use the figures to tell the stories from the Bible or act out events in Church history. The sets are then made available for the children to re-tell the stories themselves. For more information about Godly Play, contact Sr Margaret Henderson at the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO) ph (03) 6210 8869. Students are pictured with some of the figures for Christmas.

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First Tasmanian enters Campion College F

or the first time a Tasmanian student has been accepted into Campion College Australia, the prestigious Catholic Liberal Arts College in Sydney. Dylan Littler, from Hobart, a recent convert to Catholicism, has met all the selection criteria and is looking forward to starting work on his Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts. Dylan has been awarded a scholarship, which was established exclusively for Tasmanian students to assist them in coming to Campion. Asked what attracted him to Campion, Dylan was enthusiastic in his reply: “I can trust the Truth of an education that has been tested over centuries. The foundational elements of the study of humanities – History and Literature, Philosophy and Theology – were developed by the Greeks and Romans and subsequently

built upon by Christian scholars,” Dylan explained. “It is only in the knowledge of these studies that a complete synthesis of the Truth can be discovered. It is this opportunity that attracts me to Campion.” There are many options that Dylan can access after he graduates but at this time Dylan is contemplating entering the Priesthood: “I would like to become a Dominican and have the opportunity to preach. I imagine that the preparation in Philosophy and Theology that I will receive at Campion will actually contribute to my studies in the seminary.” However, he also feels that Campion will allow him to keep his options open. “I shall have three years at Campion to consider a vocation, at the same time as gaining a broad education that will serve me well regardless of

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the choices I may make in the future. I could readily consider Law or Journalism. This is an amazing opportunity for me and I can’t wait to start studying!” Campion College is entering its sixth year of operation and graduates have gone on to studies and work in law, medicine, teaching, journalism and other professional vocations.

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Holy Muck

Divine Compost Recipe

By Annie March


ees transform nectar and pollen into honey. Birds make worms into wings and music. The fish I feed my cats becomes purring, claws and voluptuous fur. Fuelled by midges and mosquitoes, spiders create the silky silvery webs that adorn our gardens every morning. How did dust from an exploding star evolve into the staggering diversity and fertility of planet Earth? Even as I write, my daughter’s body is invisibly and silently putting the miraculous finishing touches to my unborn grandchild. Transformation is at the heart of things. Birth gives life gives death gives birth. Nothing is static. Everything is in exuberant, intricate, wildly creative process, either eating or being eaten. There are two ways I particularly enjoy working with, learning from and harnessing this energy. One is bread-making, and the pleasure of watching a sludge of water, flour, salt and yeast leaven and change before my eyes, within my hands, under my nose into fragrant crusty loaves. The other is making compost, or the art of turning rot into roses. Miracles at the bottom of the garden. It’s magic every time; a large, messy, calibrated pile of kitchen scraps, weeds, prunings, manure, water and earth is within a few days so hot that it literally steams as zillions of micro-organisms begin their metabolic work. (There’s a delightful though unsubstantiated story from the West Coast about a gardener who put a dead possum/ chicken at the core of her heap, which then exploded in the middle of the night, demolishing a fence/setting a shed on fire.) The initial heating (160˚ F) is followed by a slower, cool cycle where a rich ecology of microbes, mites, insects, nematodes and fungi continue the work of radical change. In two to three months, sooner if it’s summer or the pile is turned often, you’ve got wheelbarrowloads of sweet-smelling, crumbly, nutrient-rich compost.

We live on Spaceship Earth; there is no ‘away’ in time or space to throw things to. Food dumped in the rubbish bin rots in landfill, generating climate-changing gases. If we planted trees on land now used to grow the food we buy and don’t even eat, we could in theory offset almost all human-derived greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting down on ‘food miles’ – the distance food travels from paddock to plate – is one of the easiest ways of taking responsibility for reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating climate change. Growing at least some of our own food makes economic, environmental and moral sense; creating compost is a cornerstone of that process. I f yo u d o n’ t have room or time for building compost heaps, or you’re not a gardener, consider a worm-farm. They’re endlessly fascinating, low maintenance and turn food-scraps into vibrant worm-juice. Or try a Bokashi bucket; it’s astonishing how much kitchen-waste, sprinkled with micro-organisms, one bucket can eat; it’s compact, odourless and produces potent liquid fertiliser. I see making compost as holy work, as an aspect of the Eucharist. The great thinker and mystic CG Jung described the Eucharist – the moment when our local, limited and finite selves touch the Infinite, the Universal and the Perfected – as a core rite of the individuation process, where we take responsibility for our shadows and begin to realise our full potential as human beings. This willingness seems to me central to our faith; that we too may be radically changed, that our muddled, messy, suffering, striving selves – what the Tibetan Buddhists call our ten thousand angels and our ten thousand demons – may through grace be transformed, metabolised, composted into coherence, into nourishing wholeness, into conduits for the will and love of God.

I see making compost as holy work, as an aspect of the Eucharist.

There are a zillion ways of making compost. This one work s for my household. Choose a shady, sheltered spot. The minimum size for a heap is a generous cubic metre; there’s no upper limit. Turn over the soil, then make a base of crisscrossed branches and stalks to let air in underneath. A heap is made up of layers. 1. Carbon layer. A good hand’s width of well-chopped brown material; eg old weeds, dried grass, autumn leaves, straw, sawdust. 2. Nitrogen layer. A good hand’s width of kitchen waste and anything green – grass clippings, fresh weeds or prunings. 3. A dozen balls of scrunched-up newspaper. These aerate the heap and provide habitat for compost critters. 4. A good sprinkling of earth, animal manure or mature compost from the last heap – these contain the enzymes needed to activate the pile. 5. A handful of compost-friendly and nutrient-rich herbs; comfrey, nettles, yarrow, dandelion. 6. Water well. Urine is good too. Repeat these six layers till you’ve run out of materials. When the heap is finished, use a stake to drive a dozen deep air holes. I like to put a weight on top. Some people cover their heaps. We sometimes conclude with a ritual – burying in the heart of the pile any unfinished business or emotional baggage. Then we sing a compost song; the most memorable was ‘Frère Jacques’ sung as a hilarious and unstoppable round in French, Finnish, Japanese and Russian. If you want to speed up the process, turn the heap from time to time. Imagine it’s a fully iced cake; cut off the ‘icing’ and put it into the middle of the pile, so the outside becomes the inside and vice versa. No need to worry about layers – just make sure it’s well-aerated and damp. Compost is ready when it’s woodsysmelling, crumbly and alive with compost worms. Spread lusciously on vegetable and flower beds and around fruit trees.



Society should care, not kill A

Alex spoke of ‘suicide predators’ who have preyed on vulnerable lex Schadenberg is a dynamic campaigner against euthanasia. He is the founder and executive officer of the Canadian people through the Internet in the guise of ‘counselling’ them, but Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and recently spoke in Hobart as turned their thoughts towards suicide, helped them accomplish it a guest of the Human Life Protection Society. and then viewed it via web cam as a thrill. He referred to Australian He is very concerned about current moves to legalise euthanasia pro-euthanasia advocate, Peter Singer, as having similarities to these here and provided some clear thinking and evidence against such a perverts. direction. He stressed that it is important to have a clear definition Depression, rather than physical illness, is the primary risk factor on of what is meant by the words requests for euthanasia and assisted we use. Euthanasia is the direct suicide. Worryingly, of the 49 and intentional causing of death assisted suicides in Oregon, USA, in by another person. It is NOT to 2007, none had any psychological or psychiatric assessment. And yet, the be confused with pain-killing or letting someone die naturally. It is pro-euthanasia lobby continues to intentional killing. parrot the battle cry of ‘compassion It is tragic if medical treatment and choices’. ‘Compassion’ is a term comes to be associated with that sometimes masks abuse. homicide, which is what happens Alex gave the example of a when euthanasia is legal. The buzz woman in Oregon, Barbara Wagner, words ‘compassion’ and ‘free choice’ who was refused helpful medical L-R: Fr Gerald Quinn, Alex Schadenberg and Peter Imlach. are used by proponents of legalised treatment by the State health euthanasia, but when vulnerable people feel they are a burden on insurance, but given the ‘choice’ only of palliative care or assisted others and the option exists to end that situation, ‘choice’ is very suicide. Unfortunately, limited budgets and the accountant’s eye on the bottom line do not favour the more expensive option. much an illusion and ‘compassion’ is code for shielding ourselves from the experience of suffering. When the ultimate good for mankind is Alex has been working against euthanasia in his current position for happiness, a suffering person is not seen as having any value at all. the last eleven years. He has a particular personal reason to continue Not just the suffering, but the person have to be eliminated. this fight as his own child is disabled. He sees euthanasia as an extreme Some of the terms in drafted legislation are very slippery. Alex form of disability abuse and elder abuse. Some individuals are deigned quoted documents which talked of ’appearing to be lucid’ or ‘hopeless to have less quality of life, less economic contribution and therefore and unbearable suffering’. What exactly do these words mean in less right to life. That others would have power to then euthanise practice? How easy is it to abuse the letter of such laws? these people is frightening. You can join the Human Life Protection Society phone (03) 6224 2632, lobby politicians, check out Alex’s blog and ask to go on his mailing list email: Archbishop Doyle has written a reflection on the Tasmanian situation ( May 2009) available at archbishop_ reflections. Political battles can, and have been, won by joint efforts from concerned and caring people.

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The Emmaus Monastic Community By Tony Brennan (Director of Ministry, Sacred Heart College)


n 2007 Drasko Dizdar was invited to come to Tasmania with the vision to begin a monastic community focused on bringing Christian contemplative spirituality to young people. A year later he was joined by Fr Christopher Brennan; and in 2009 by two hermits (who, like Drasko, are also Camaldolese Oblates). Thanks to the hospitality of the Archdiocese of Hobart the vision is beginning to emerge. The Emmaus monastic community took its first steps on its journey thanks to the welcome of the parishes of Launceston, Meander Valley and Sandy Bay; and now a fledgling community has been established in Glenorchy on the grounds of Guilford Young College, thanks to God’s providence and the generosity of Mrs Bobby Court, the Principal. Drawing solely on the community’s funds, a property has been bought, and plans are being drawn up for the construction of a hermitage. Drasko was originally invited to the Archdiocese of Hobart by Fr Richard Ross, in his capacity as Youth Ministry Co-ordinator.

Fr Richard Ross “Prior to entering the seminary, I spent ten days at the ecumenical monastic community at Taize in France, along with several thousand other young people from all over the world. I invited Drasko to Tasmania because we shared a dream of a similar youth friendly monastic community right here in Tasmania. Still in its early stages, the Emmaus community holds enormous promise and potential. An invitation to join the community for a day, a week or a lifetime is open to all Tasmanians who are serious about their search for God.” The purpose of the invitation was to develop a ministry that would offer young people an opportunity to experience the contemplative dimension of the Christian faith. The hope was that a “Taizé like” community would evolve in time. (Taizé is an ecumenical monastic community in the south of France, the focus of annual pilgrimage for thousands of young people and well known for its contemplative

“Offering young people an opportunity to experience the contemplative dimension of the Christian faith.” chanting.) However, like the parable of the mustard seed, the realisation of the dream will take great faith in the providence of God. The Emmaus monastic community draws on various monastic traditions, eastern and western, ancient and new, focused upon the ecumenical core of the one Body of Christ. In September 2010 a group of thirty Tasmanians of all ages gathered to pray together and hear about the progress of the Emmaus monastic community. In October Fr Chris and Drasko travelled to Bose in Italy where a similar community, established half a century ago, welcomed them with open arms. By small steps a community grows, plans emerge and more young people are touched by the spirituality of Christian monasticism. To learn more about the Emmaus monastic community visit their website: or contact them:

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Answering God’s call By Nick McFarlane


eacon Paul Simmons, National Co-ordinator – Permanent Diaconate, visited the Archdiocese of Hobart from October 27 to November 2, 2010, at the invitation of Archbishop Adrian Doyle, to promote the vocation of the permanent diaconate across the Archdiocese. Paul is a Deacon of the Broken Bay Diocese, and was appointed as National Co-ordinator of the permanent deacons by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, initially in 2007 for a term of three years and recently re-appointed for a further three years. This is a part-time position which is accountable, through the Director of Clergy Life and Ministry to the Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry, and in turn is accountable to the Bishops’ Conference, for the coordination and promotion of the permanent diaconate in Australia. This includes implementing policies decided by the Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry to support the formation and ongoing education of deacons in Australia, and to raise the profile of the permanent diaconate by communicating a national vision, yet at the same time, focusing on the individual needs of each diocese, particularly in relation to the formation of aspirants and candidates for the diaconate. The Order of Deacon was restored, as a Permanent Order, in the Latin (Roman) Rite following the Second Vatican Council; and on June 18, 1967, Pope Paul VI, in his Apostolic Letter, issued the General Norms to be followed for its restoration.

Nick McFarlane and Paul Simmons.

As such, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference requested permission from the Holy See to implement the Permanent Diaconate in Australia and that approval was granted in 1970. The first permanent deacon in Australia was ordained for the Archdiocese of Canberra/Goulburn in 1972, and was returned to the Father on October 12, 1974. The longest serving deacon in Australia is Deacon Boniface Perdjert, an Aboriginal Deacon, in the Diocese of Darwin. He was ordained in July 1974 and is ministering to the community of Wadeye (Port Keats) in the Northern Territory. There are currently 119 p e r m a n e n t deacons ministering in the Catholic Church in Australia. The permanent diaconate was restored in the Archdiocese of Hobart in 2006 with the ordination of Nick McFarlane. There are two other men in formation for the permanent diaconate at this time, in the Archdiocese, Paul Crowe in Launceston and Michael Hangan in Moonah. During his stay in Tasmania Deacon Paul visited the parishes of Launceston, Kingston, Moonah and St Joseph’s Hobart, to talk on the vocation of the diaconate and the ministry and life of permanent deacons in the Australian Church.

Paul has been married to his wife Susan for 40 years and they have two children and six grandchildren. He said however, “whilst the majority of permanent deacons are married, a number are not; and so, the vocation and ministry of deacons should not be seen as a married diaconate, but rather a permanent diaconate.” He went on to say “It is important for the diaconate to be understood, not as just another ministry because other ministries such as acolyte, lector, extraordinary Eucharistic minister, catechist...are roles and offices, which meet a particular need, in a particular place, for a particular time, and so they are not sacramental orders”. But, as ordained ministers of the Church, Deacons are, what they are, by virtue of the grace they receive in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. As such the diaconate is not a lay apostolate, but a special articulation of the ordained ministry in the Church, and it is for life. For more information of the Permanent Diaconate visit or contact Rev Deacon Paul Simmons, National Co-ordinator Permanent Diaconate, via email or Rev Deacon Nick McFarlane via email nmacfarlane@

The permanent diaconate was restored in the Archdiocese of Hobart in 2006 with the ordination of Nick McFarlane.

“...the vocation and ministry of deacons should not be seen as a married diaconate, but rather a permanent diaconate.”


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A love of Israel – Jenny’s story J

enny Thomson hasn’t always been a travel consultant. She came to that position through her long involvement with the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem. After hearing speakers from Celebrate Shalom in Queensland, she felt called to go to Israel and volunteered edwith withaa British organisation, CMJ, who who run a Christian guest house use in Haifa. Jenny worked there here from 2000 to 2005 and then en worked in Jerusalem too 2008. She did whatever was needed – cleaning, secretarial work and reception duties. While there, she travelled widely and organisedd trips for others who were were visiting Israel or travelling further f th afield. Originally from Queensland, Jenny came to Hobart to help her sister and has now settled here. Finding that she needed a new job, she completed a tourism course at

Drysdale Campus which led to her becoming a professional travel agent for Harvey World Travel Hobart, in Murray Street. In this capacity, she has organised a wonderful itinerary for anyone who would like to visit Israel this September. The tour will be escorted by Jenny and andan anIsraeli Israelitour t guide. My was salivating My mouth m when whe viewing the brochure which sets out all the w places included, such as p Masada, Cana, Galilee and Jerusalem. How exciting to visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, cruise on the Sea of c Galilee or visit a Roman G amphitheatre! There are a many inclusions in this tour. m The tour is run in conjunction Th t with the world-wide and long established Globus company. It will be reassuring and inspiring to be accompanied by someone who worked there for eight years and has such a love for the place and people.

“My mouth was salivating when viewing the brochure which sets out all the places included, such as Masada, Cana, Galilee and Jerusalem.”

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A cross that was and a ‘saint’ By Vera Fisher


he cross in our grounds at present is in fact the third there and it has been badly damaged by vandals in recent times. The first cross was located at the right of the front door and was probably painted white. It was quite a low cross. The second and most beautiful cross went up in 1876 to mark the death of Fr Martin Keohan. When Fr Richard Ross came to Oatlands to ask if we could be one of the Stations of the Cross for the Tasmanian Pilgrimage, I assured him that the main joy of the pilgrims would be to pray at the grave of a ‘saint’, Fr Martin Keohan. When faced with a large problem I seek help from Fr Keohan and you can bet I’ve consulted him on this story! Fr Martin was the first pastor of St Paul’s and the man whose name is forever linked to that church. He studied for the priesthood in Ireland, was ordained in St Joseph’s Church, Hobart at Easter 1850, and was sent at once to Oatlands. He lived nowhere else as a priest and so Oatlands remains his shrine. We have his body, his headstone plus the cross from the house he lived in for 26 years, to say nothing of his beloved picture of Our Lady, returned to us so kindly by the Presbyterian lady from Lindisfarne who inherited it! The second cross was made by Cyril Fish’s grandfather, Stonemason Isaiah Fish, and his son Thomas. It was the Midlands memorial to Father Keohan and much of the cost was borne by the non-Catholics who so loved that man! Before ecumenism was officially encouraged, Oatlands was doing it! Fr Martin was walking up to the gaol to assist his Catholic convict to die well, as the Anglican Rector was hurrying up to aid his spiritual son. The Rector was overcome at the thought o , red the iron white the silver ss. smelting proce

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of the hanging and became physically sick. Perhaps one of the turnkeys told Father and he said he could take both men out and so, off to the scaffold he went, intoning the Litany of the Saints with one Anglican and one Roman Catholic following along behind. Unfortunately, after many years, a lady (being given direction by a nun!) reversed into the memorial cross and damaged it badly. Before repairs were carried out, our American priest, Fr Dolan, forgot it was there and reversed into it in the dark, resulting in its demise. Years later, a man out walking found all the pieces of the precious cross thrown under a hedge in a back lane of the town. It was heavy work but he carried it home to his garden piece by piece and then called a stone-mason to see if it could be repaired – it could not. Guessing it belonged to the Catholics, this kind and honest member of the Uniting Church gave it back to us, including the undamaged and dearly treasured section. There are other points of interest for pilgrims to Oatlands. Given the recent interest in Mary MacKillop, many will be interested to see the old convent and school of the Josephites and the sacristy in which their

co-founder, Fr Julian Tenison Woods, slept for his first two weeks in Oatlands. St Peter’s Anglican Church contains a fabulous collection of tapestry kneelers, all made by local ladies. This church stands on ground that was precious to the Aboriginal inhabitants, with one family coming back regularly to visit their sacred tree after the white people arrived. The Court House, built in 1829, was where church services and marriages took place. In High Street may be seen Elm Cottage where the Catholics attended Mass in the home of John Ryan for many years. Irish exile Kevin O’Doherty and Fr Keohan both lived at Elm Cottage and were cared for by the Ryans. The ‘great gates of the prison’ stand now in High Street from which they CAN NEVER BE REMOVED. They are a tribute to the two Oatlands men, H Gane and H Dove, who dismantled them and re-erected them with little more equipment than a piece of chalk and a lorry! Almost twenty judicial homicides took place in front of those gates and the State Executioner lived there and travelled to Hobart and Launceston. Indeed, plenty to reflect on!

Fr Martin was the first pastor of St Paul’s and the man whose name is forever linked to that church.

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A school with energy! W

hen the sun shines and the wind blows at John Paul II Catholic School at Rokeby, the school benefits in many ways. As the first school in Australia to have its own wind turbine, as well as solar power, John Paul II saves money on power bills by harnessing natural energy directly and feeding it into the school’s electricity supply. Money that is saved goes directly into educational resources for the students and students can learn about usage and production of electricity in an actual situation. The driving force behind the acquisition of the turbine was Grade 6 teacher and Assistant Principal Martin MacManus who, with a background in electronics and project management, was able to battle through regulations and grant applications. His work paid off with the Australian Government covering all the costs of the wind turbine which provides energy equivalent to 50 solar panels, or ten kilowatts. He had great help from I Want Wind Energy company that provided the equipment at cost, thus maximising value for the grant money. The school community is rightly proud of its achievements. The turbine is quiet, doesn’t attract birds and isn’t in the flight path of any endangered species. As well as the turbine grant, the school has used money from the federal government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) programme to great effect with a

new library, heat pumps, change rooms, toilets and kindergarten as well as renovations throughout all learning areas. Technology is a feature of the classrooms and I’m sure the students who are part of this school will be well prepared for their future lives.

Creativity at Bridgewater T

he motto of St Paul’s Catholic School at Bridgewater says ‘We are God’s Work of Art’ and as a visitor, I got a sense that the children and staff there had really absorbed that insight. The friendly greetings given to us by all we met, displays of results of much creative work and a lively, engaging environment all testified to both God’s work and the hard work of the principal, staff and parents and friends – all working for the good of the students, who were happy, independent, polite and engaged. The school motto is carried out with a strong emphasis on promoting the value of each student, so that they are able to reach their full human potential.

The occasion for our visit was the blessing and opening of the new ‘Sisters of Mercy Discovery Centre’ and other building refurbishments made possible by the Federal Governments’ BER and the foresight and drive of principal, Cameron Brown. Sisters of Mercy, and current staff members, Sr Carmel Hinkley and Sr Fina Woollcombe, were there to unveil a plaque along with other dignitaries including Archbishop Adrian Doyle, Hon Dick Adams and Dr Trish Hindmarsh. Children from the school were admirable in their compering and hosting duties and great ambassadors for what must be one of the best schools in Tasmania.



Journey of Jesus By Fr Peter O’Loughlin, Parish Priest Bellerive–Lindisfarne


ast September, 22 Tasmanians set off to the Holy Land for an experience of a lifetime. What a journey it was! As we followed the journey of Christ so many places mentioned in the Gospels came alive. Our first three days were in Galilee, visiting Capernaum where Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, stopping at the place where Jesus fed the crowd with a few loaves and fish and taking time near the Church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” We celebrated mass at the Mount of the Transfiguration and had a great experience at Nazareth, before stopping at Cana where our married couple renewed their marriage vows. Before leaving Galilee we went down to the Mount of the Beatitudes where we could see the gentle slopes leading down to the Sea of Galilee as we reflected on the Beatitudes. From our base in Jerusalem, we visited Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jericho – so many places and memories to record! Anthony Case said: “The trip was jam-packed; plenty of sites to visit…If I were to pick my favourites it would be the Church of the Agony and the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) where nothing seems to have changed much from the time of Jesus.”

“...a most heartfelt experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa!”

Marg Morse said: “Truly a most heartfelt experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa! He met His Mother and Simon of Cyrene who helped to carry His cross here. Along this sorrowful Way we stood at the Ecce Homo Arch where Pilate presented Jesus to the Jews. We made our way along the Stations of the Cross, reciting the Rosary while carrying a wooden cross through the hive of the marketplace, stallholders and goods.” There is some good news as I am planning another ‘Journey of Jesus’ Pilgrimage in September this year and there is a growing number of Tasmanians wanting to come on board. Anyone interested or wanting more information is welcome to contact me, phone (03) 6225 0105 or email

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Busy in the Bay T

hanks to the initiative of some young mothers, the Catholic Parish of Sandy BayTaroona has been conducting a playgroup once a month for nearly three years at the parish centre. There is plenty of room and lots of toys for the children to play with. Every month there are new activities to share with the children such as drawing, artwork, origami, play dough etc. The morning usually ends musically, with the children singing and assisting with percussion instruments. For the adults it is an opportunity to interact with people of different cultural backgrounds and to welcome newcomers to the parish while enjoying morning tea and a slice of cake or biscuits. It has been heartening to see the steady increase in numbers of parents and grandparents with their children and grandchildren participating in the playgroup. It is always a morning full of laughter – from the adults as well as the children.

Spirit dream A

national gathering for all involved in Catholic Schools, Spirit Dream in Burning Hearts, is bringing together under the one program some of our country’s best presenters and artists to celebrate the spirit and heart of our Catholic identity. The gathering will provide: Insightful, learned and relevant discussion Prophetic and challenging visioning Creative, engaging celebration and ritual It will be at Olympic Park, Sydney, Friday to Sunday, May 27 - 29, 2011. Teachers, other staff, parents, priests, board members and student representatives will all be given wonderful opportunities for learning and networking. You are invited! Check out and for more details contact Sr Gabrielle Morgan at the TCEO ph (03) 62 10 8845.

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Jesus is tempted in the desert 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

In the desert, Jesus faced some tough choices but was able to make the right ones. What are some of the tough choices that we face in our day to day lives?

How did Jesus respond to temptation? Hey Jesus! If you’re so hungry, why don’t you turn these stones here into bread? Hey Jesus! I bet that if you jump off the temple, God will send some angels to catch you! Hey Jesus! See all those kingdoms? They’re yours! And all you have to do is bow down and worship ME! Too easy!


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Catherine McGlone and Simon Harmsen. Married at St John’s, Richmond. Saturday, October 23, 2010. Celebrant, Fr Terry Rush. Photographer: Jennifer Skabo.

Verity Cleland, daughter of Jim and Shirley of Somerset to Bradley Davie, son of Jim and Lee-Ann of Old Beach. Married at St Canice, Sandy Bay. Saturday, November 13, 2010. Celebrant, Michael Tate. Photographer: Karen Brown Photography. The Tasmanian Catholic accepts for publication photographs of Catholic weddings. Every effort will be made to publish such photographs at the first opportunity, but delays may occur due to limited space. Original photographs sent by mail will be returned if requested. Digital photographs should be submitted with a minimum resolution of 300dpi.



Celebrating with God! P

asquina Hilary has just successfully completed her Nursing Degree at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. She applied for a graduate position at four hospitals and was accepted at all four. She has decided to accept the offer from Royal Perth Hospital and starts 2011 in a new place. She’s excited and nervous. When Pasquina arrived in Hobart in August 2003, having spent much of her life in refugee camps in Uganda, she found she was the only African at her new school, Mt Carmel College, and the school year was already well underway. Nevertheless, she found the students very welcoming and was

given every help by the staff, especially Mrs Oakley who helped her learn about her new culture and Mr McNulty who even organised a class barbecue when Pasquina received her Australian citizenship. After finishing grade 10 at Mt Carmel, Pasquina moved to Guilford Young College to complete grades 11 and 12. She found the time there active, inspiring and fun as she threw herself into College life wholeheartedly, becoming the first African student leader at GYC and speaking to students about her refugee experiences. Pasquina’s family were sponsored by the Hobart Baptist congregation when they arrived from Africa. They also received tremendous support from the Catholic Community, particularly through the St Vincent de Paul Society and Centacare. They have lived in Glenorchy, North Hobart, Kingston and now Claremont. It was in Kingston that they met Fr Chris Hope and the Guidici family. To the very Catholic Pasquina, the best way to celebrate her success was to have a Thanksgiving Mass with her African and non-African family and friends. God deserved the credit for guiding her thus far and her family supported this idea. When she asked the Archbishop to be guest of honour, he agreed to come and celebrate Mass with her. The liturgical dancers that Pasquina trains came along to Christ the Priest in Kingston on December 18 as did the African choir and musicians and many excited friends, including school friend Rosie Guidici.

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Between the lines

Call and Response: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith Author: John Francis Collins ISBN: 9781921472619 Publisher: St Pauls Publications RRP: $21.95


all and Response is the latest resource produced by the Catholic Enquiry Centre for those discerning their call to the Catholic Church. The book is simply structured and can be read by individuals, or used in discussion groups, such as parish-based RCIA groups. Reading through the four main sections of the book, titled “Hearing God’s Call”, “Understanding the Catholic Faith”, “Receiving the Sacraments” and “Responding to the call: Faith in Action”, becomes a journey of discovery and reflection on where God is

calling the reader and how it can be responded to. There are accounts of hearing God’s call and responding to it from the Bible as well as the lives of the saints, encouraging the reader to reflect on how that they too may be called. Important sources of faith such as the Bible in which God is revealed, and the Creed are explored, as are the sacraments, through which Catholics are initiated and sustained in the Church. The order of Mass is broken down and explored, giving meaning to this central act of worship. Throughout the book a variety of short testimonies of people’s experience in entering the sacramental life are found, inviting the reader to reflect upon their own experiences, their relationship with God and how they are called to participate in the Church’s mission. It offers short, concise explanations, which help to provide an overall knowledge of the Catholic faith. For some readers, further research may be necessary. Even though there is no cross-referencing, the structure of the book allows a topic to be easily found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At just over 140 pages, Call and Response can easily be read from beginning to end, and is ideal for those who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith, whether they are enquirers, or have been baptised Catholic for many years. Reviewer: Ben Brooks.


Mary MacKillop: The Children’s Saint, Letters from Mary and Never See a Need Without Doing Something About It Author and illustrator: Joan Goodwin ISBN: 9781921472817, 9781921472800 and 9781921472831 Publisher: St Pauls Publications RRP: $9.95 each

hese books are wonderful tools to introduce young children to the stories and ethos of Mary MacKillop. The three books are suitable for three different age groups and relate the story of Mary to the lives of 21st Century Australians. For five to seven year olds there is a colouring and puzzle book with big print in a clear font. For eight to nine year olds, the story is told in imaginary letters that Mary might have written, along with puzzles and work sheets. For ten to twelve year olds, the book contains some solid reading material with stories both from Mary’s life and from Jesus’ life. Again, there are interesting activities. A useful series for schools, parishes and homes. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Mary-Anne Johnson.

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God’s Tender Mercy Author: Joan Chittister ISBN: 9781920682231 Publisher: John Garratt publishing RRP: $19.95


n this book, Sr Joan Chittister tackles the virtue of mercy and its essential connection to forgiveness. It challenges the reader to question their own personal view as well as the view of society towards those who have done something wrong. Changing attitudes demand a more punitive, authoritarian and reactionary approach to those who have trouble doing what is right. She writes that today, “We look with a touch of bewilderment at those who treat lovingly the ones we cannot love.” The book acknowledges that we are very good at knowing other people’s sin and very good at knowing our own sin. What is hard for us is mercy. We are all sinners and by learning to know God and His mercy we can understand and appreciate the position of other people who have hurt us, as well as understand our own frailty. Sr Joan explores what sin is, and how mercy and forgiveness can transpose sin into something we can learn and grow from. Often it is from our own sins that we are enabled to understand the sins of others and show them mercy. Sr Joan contends that the great spiritual question is not whether or not this person or this situation deserves mercy; it is about whether or not we are capable of showing it. This book would be a great book to read and reflect on during Lent. Reviewer: Margaret Donaghy.



Lights, camera, action!

Fr Richard Leonard presents new to DVD titles. He is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office


good as many of the nominated films were this year, we thought this was an oversight which would not constrain our Award.” Written and directed by Claire McCarthy, The Waiting City tells the story of a young Australian married couple, Ben and Fiona, as they arrive in Kolkata to collect a baby, Lakshmi, whom they have been negotiating to adopt for two years. The title refers to the impossibility of hurrying things in India. Everything takes time, particularly where paperwork and protocols are concerned. Filmed entirely on location in India, the jury praised this film for its distinctive atmosphere, the blend of beauty and squalor, the rich traditions (with their vivid and vibrant colours) and the variety of religious and transcendent spiritualities that are so sensitively woven into the narrative of the film. The Waiting

City is also cleverly constructed, developing almost like a thriller, drawing the audience to be constantly anxious about the next move and what will be revealed. The performances from Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton are outstanding. “Fiona and Ben’s journey to India is not just about overseas adoption and cross-cultural conflict, it is also about them confronting their marriage, what constitutes family life, their sense of humanity and the role of spirituality in our lives,” Fr Leonard said. Previous winners of the ACFO’s Film includes Samson & Delilah, The Black Balloon, The Jammed, Ten Canoes, Look Both Ways, Japanese Story, Rabbit Proof Fence, Beneath Clouds, Black and White, Australian Rules, Facing the Music and Looking for Alibrandi. * The Waiting City is available on DVD.

The Fighter

The Fighter is the story of two brothers, Dick and Mickey Ward. The Fighter applies to both of them but the centre of the film is Mickey, the younger brother. The film opens with Dick speaking direct to camera as documentary makers are filming him for a documentary about his comeback. Comeback does not seem likely as Dick is a wild and bug-eyed interviewee, fidgety and jumpy and hyping what he says – he spends a lot of time in a crack house. The scene includes home movie footage of the two brothers. While Dick had his moment in the 1970s, it is now the 1990s and he is training Mickey who has ambitions but fears he is a loser. This sets the tone for a story of powerful family bonds (and domination, especially by their tough as nails mother, Alice) played out in fights at home and in the ring. One of the reasons the opening is so attention-grabbing is that Christian Bale is playing Dick. Sometimes Bale seems stolid (even as Bruce Wayne), especially as Melvin Purvis in Public Enemies, and in Terminator: Salvation. He was at his serious best in 3:10 to Yuma. But, here... he is hyperkinetic, a performance that deserves many awards. Which means that Mark Wahlberg, as Mickey, has to play the straight role to his brother’s histrionics. This Wahlberg is always able to do and makes his dramatic mark in a less showy manner. Melissa Leo (so strong in Frozen River)

brings the matriarch, Alice, to frighteningly domineering life. She has an entourage of six daughters who seem something like a Greek chorus in attendance, with moments like the Furies. This means that, although the boxing is the setting for the drama, and we see inside the gyms, the bouts, the championships, the deals and the pressures, The Fighter is a film about family. David O Russell has not made so many films and they range from Three Kings to I Heart Huckabees. This is one he can be proud of. Reviewer: Fr Peter Malone MSC *The Fighter is currently showing in Tasmanian cinemas.

Starring: Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Director: David O Russell. Rated: MA 15+. 116 mins.


here is a long tradition of American films about boxing, as a sport, as an industry and the repercussions for individuals and family. Champion, The Set Up, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Raging Bull, Cinderella Man. Quite a collection of films. The Fighter is up there with them. Many audiences are not boxing fans and may wince at some of the fight scenes in this film. But, there is a lot more to the film than the gruelling poundings. Non-American audiences may be surprised that this story is based on actual characters and their quite recent past. In fact, the two brothers at the centre of the film are seen in actual footage during the final credits. The trainer, Michael O’Keefe, seems to be played by a sympathetically talented actor, but it is O’Keefe playing himself. The setting is Lowell, Massachussets, and much of the film was made there, including the use of the actual gym of the story. Given that the film is grounded in fact, this is surprising, given the often unflattering portraits of the main characters.


he Waiting City is named Australian Film of the Year by the Catholic Film Office for 2010. The jury of the Australian Catholic Film Office (ACFO) has awarded its 2010 Film of the Year to Claire McCarthy’s The Waiting City. For the first time in the many years of the award’s history, the Australian Catholic Film Office has given its Film of the Year to a film which was not nominated in the Best Film category at the AFI Awards. Director of the Office and Jury Chair, Jesuit Priest, Fr Richard Leonard said, “The jury was surprised that this well-crafted and deeply humane film was passed over in every AFI category except for Denson Baker’s excellent cinematography. As

Join up the fruit to complete the text maze: “Lead us not into temptation.”


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Leslie Richard Anning L

eslie Richard Anning was born on November 2, 1927, to Tiny (Elvina) and Richard. He was the third of eight children and the family lived at South Hobart. As a boy he joined Cubs and the Sea Scouts, played cricket, helped at Steven’s Dairy and went on hikes up the Mountain with his dad. Les was educated at Macquarie Street Primary School, and then at Hobart High School. He joined the Navy in January 1945 as a stoker and was discharged in January 1947. When he returned from the Navy he began to court a young lady who lived two doors away. Les and Val were married in February 1950 at St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church, South Hobart. They lived for a short time with Les’ parents, and then moved to a flat above the old pre-school in Anglesea Street, where they were caretakers. The deal was – no children allowed – but … four children later, they left the school and moved to Chestnut Avenue, Lutana in 1961. Les was employed as an apprentice monumental mason with Albert Cooper and worked alongside his brother- in- law, Jack Daniels. Many years later, Les, with his sister Beryl and her husband Jack, bought out Albert Cooper and became directors in the business until forced into retirement in 1985 by a work-related injury. Times were tough. Les was only earning the basic wage, paying off a new house and

supporting a wife and four young children. However, Les still found time to assist in the building of the new Catholic church, Our Lady of Victories, even though at this stage he was not a Catholic himself. He also became involved with the Third Moonah Scout Troop, based at St Therese’s in Moonah. During that time he worked on the committee to help run the troop and help build their own Scout Hall (now St Therese’ s Kindergarten). As a result of his involvement with the Catholic community, Les found a need to belong to the Church with his family, so, after the necessary preparation, he became a Catholic. This led to further involvement on committees including various roles on Parish Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the planning of the Goodwood Community Centre. He was on the management committee of the Goodwood centre for many years and recently Les and Val were awarded life memberships. Football played a part in Les’ life. In his early days he played for Hobart, Cananore and Sandfly and coached Sandfly. In the 1970s he became involved with the Buckingham underage football club – again working on committees and helping with fundraising and training. Les and Val were passionate Hobart Football Club supporters – Les volunteered to run their Bingo nights. It was through this association that they won a cruise, travelling

Les found a need to belong to the Church with his family.

2.11.1927 – 24.12.2010 around the Pacific on the Himalaya. This gave them a thirst for travel and another cruise followed and then two trips to New Zealand and several trips around Australia. Family, Church and community were important to Les and he continued his active involvement even though several health issues arose. St Therese’s Church at Moonah was full of family, friends and representatives of the various community groups in which Les had been involved. This attendance was a testament to the wide esteem in which Les was held. He was a devoted husband, a generous and caring father and father-in-law, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a good son, a loved and respected brother and brother- in- law and a great friend to many. He was a good man who will be greatly missed.



Popular Bishop and an inspiration By Philomena Billington (Director of Catholic Education in the Sandhurst diocese)


oe Grech was a bishop of the people, loved by young and old. A generous, warm and passionate man of God, he will be remembered as a great leader of the Catholic community of Sandhurst, of the Catholic Church in Australia and internationally. He died on December 28,2010 in Melbourne’s St Vincent’s hospital after the recurrence of a blood disorder, aged just 62. The Most Reverend Joseph Angelo Grech, to give him his full title, was appointed in 2001 as sixth Bishop of the Sandhurst Diocese whose cathedral is in Bendigo. Born in Malta, he was the eldest of three children. After completing the first four years of studies for the priesthood in Malta, he arrived in Australia in 1971. He completed his last four years of studies at Corpus Christi College in Melbourne and was ordained a priest in 1974. In 1999 Bishop Joe was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Melbourne before becoming Bishop of Sandhurst. At the time of his death he was a member of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life with special oversight for the pastoral care of migrants and refugees. He was recently appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. Within the Commission for Pastoral Life Bishop Joe was also responsible on behalf of the Bishops of Australia for youth ministry. He was also a member of the Bishops Commission for Mission and Adult Faith Formation with particular responsibilities regarding Catholic missions. He was also a member of the International Catholic Charismatic Council representing Oceania. A much-sought-after international speaker and preacher, Bishop Joe was particularly committed to the Charismatic Renewal movement and international priests’ retreats. He was a much-loved champion of young people and was keenly involved in many World Youth Day celebrations across the world. Monsignor Marriott, administrator of the Sandhurst Diocese who was at Bishop Joe’s bedside when he died, recalled his great love for young people. Monsignor said “Bishop Joe had a famous saying for young people – ‘God doesn’t make rubbish – there is good in each of us and we have to find it.’ ‘’The Bishop led the Stronger Retreat for Young People in Echuca recently – he was thrilled with it and has always had such faith in our young people across the world. He was very committed to the priests and people of the Sandhurst diocese. He was always available for his people – he led Scripture workshops, visited schools and parishes regularly and knew the students well – they all loved him.’’ Bishop Joe was the spiritual leader of the diocesan pilgrimage to the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and in the Footsteps of St Paul – the 50 pilgrims feel privileged to have shared this precious time with him recently. St Kilian’s parish administrator, Fr Rom Hayes, said Bishop Joe wasn’t one to stand on ceremony and that says a lot about the sort of man he was. “He was known as Bishop Joe and that’s what he liked to be called.” Fr Rom recalled that “he was thoughtful, outgoing and very concerned for people. He poured himself into his work and never backed off. I’ll remember him as warm and caring and passionate about the things he believed in.”

10.12.1948 – 28.12.2010 Bishop Joe was well known across the diocese, not only in the Catholic community. He was a prominent leader in Bendigo and was also well known in Australian diplomatic circles. Bishop Joe was proud of his Maltese heritage and equally proud to be an Australian, the wonderful blend of these cultures manifested in the character of this truly great man. He was very close to his sister and brother and Aunty Mary, who still live in Malta; he would visit them each year. His Aunt Tess and Uncle Jim, who live in Australia, were like parents to him – they were at his side when he died. Malcolm Hart, senior youth ministry project officer for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said: “If there is one thing that the youth ministry community of Australia should know is that Bishop Joe was as committed to youth ministry as he was in the other pastoral ministries. ‘’The diocese of Sandhurst has now lost a shepherd, the migrant and refugee community have lost one of their greatest advocates, the Charismatic Renewal movement around the world has lost one of its greatest preachers and leaders, and the Church in Malta and the Universal Church has lost a great son.” Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, said that Sandhurst diocese and Australia had lost a dedicated Bishop and citizen, who greatly inspired people, especially the young. ‘’Only in October he was larger than life here in Rome, leading a group of Sandhurst pilgrims to the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop. He returned to Australia via Malta and helped with the ordination of Sandhurst priest, Fr Robert Gallea. ‘’In the decade he was Bishop of Sandhurst, he gave generous, warm and open leadership, which will be hugely missed,’’ Mr Fischer said. Bishop Joe is survived by his brother Carmel and his sister Rosette.

“He was known as Bishop Joe and that’s what he liked to be called...He was warm and caring and passionate about the things he believed in.”

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Tasmanian Catholic - Volume 7 Issue 1 2011  

Tasmanian Catholic - Volume 7 Issue 1 2011

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