Australia-Wide – July 2015

Have just received an eMail from the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, himself, sending the latest issue of “Australia-Wide”, which you can access by clicking on the banner headline below.

Australia-Wide - July 2015

There are a number of interesting articles this month:

  • as always, the informative Word from the Ordinary
  • the activities planned for the Feast of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, much along the lines of the UK Ordinariate’s Called to be One Day 2014
  • a portrait of the Gippsland Ordinariate
  • and a reposted article on the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Thursday Island, Torres Strait, which is hopefully a prelude to the announcement of the considerable expansion of the Catholic Church’s presence in the Torres Strait with the reception of the continuing Anglican Church of Torres Strait into the Australian Ordinariate at some time in the near future

Happy reading!

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2 Responses to Australia-Wide – July 2015

  1. Jeff Hirst says:

    I see from the website of the Diocese of Cairns that this coming Sunday (19 July) is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. Picking up on your comment, old romantic that I am, wouldn’t it be lovely if there was an announcement regarding the Church of Torres Strait to coincide with it! A bit of rooting around suggests that there are 16 congregations and at least ten active clergy, spread across the islands.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Jeff,

      You wrote: I see from the website of the Diocese of Cairns that this coming Sunday (19 July) is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. Picking up on your comment, old romantic that I am, wouldn’t it be lovely if there was an announcement regarding the Church of Torres Strait to coincide with it!

      At this point, any announcement regarding the process and progress of the reception of the Church of the Torres Strait into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross would be absolutely wonderful, regardless of when it comes.

      But having said that, the symbolic significance of this Sunday suggest that it is a likely day for an official announcement — but only if those in charge judge it to be opportune to make a formal announcement around this time.

      You wrote: A bit of rooting around suggests that there are 16 congregations and at least ten active clergy, spread across the islands.

      Yes, these certainly are good numbers! Most of these congregations seem to be on islands where there are no existing Catholic congregations, so the reception of the Church of the Torres Strait will make masses available where it currently is not.

      Of course, this also means that the process of reception is more challenging than most. In most of the receptions, clergy of the local diocese or a local house of a religious order, sometimes assisted by lay catechists, have facilitated the reception of each congregation by providing catechesis and a single contact point for administrative details. In this situation, however, the local diocese no staff (clergy or lay catechists) on many of the islands, and thus is poorly situated to provide this type of support.

      Norm.

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