February 21, 2018

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan


Maronites prepare to open their first seminary in Australia

A new chapter is about to begin for the Maronite Catholic Church in Australia as they prepare to open their first seminary in this country. St Maroun’s Maronite Catholic Seminary in Redfern, adjoining St Maroun’s Cathedral, will accommodate up to 12 seminarians and is expected to be operational by 2020. “This is a new beginning […]


Horror of enslaved kids only pushes ex-detective more

Suzanne is someone who willingly descends into the darkest and most depraved places of human society in order to rescue children sold into sexual slavery. Formerly a NSW police detective, she now works as an international investigator carrying out covert international operations as part of an elite team of trained professionals, to find and save […]


Iraqi refugee family proud to call Sydney home

Little seven year-old Alan Ismael is now known for always having a big smile on her face. And 12 months on from her arrival in Australia, when she and her family fled persecution under ISIS in Iraq, Alan has plenty to smile about. She says the best thing about her new life here in Sydney […]


Religious freedom integral to the spirituality of St Maroun, bishop says

Freedom of religion is a fundamental value, Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay told the hundreds gathered to venerate a relic of their patron, Saint Maroun, on his feast day at the Cathedral named in his honour, in Redfern. During the 9 February ceremony, the first-class relic of St Maroun, who is venerated around the world as patron […]


Second miracle brings Blessed Paul VI closer to sainthood

The Pope who authored Humanae Vitae is just one step away from sainthood, following Vatican approval of a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognised as miraculous the healing of a five month-old unborn child after her mother prayed to Giovanni Battista Montini—Pope Paul VI. This decision […]


Catholics aren’t spies, say prelates

The proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017 “could mean five million Catholics would have to go and put themselves on a register,” an Australian bishop has warned. Bishop Robert McGuckin of Toowoomba said the bill “casts the net so wide that it could catch not just bishops but every Catholic.” The Government has proposed […]


Education key to Myanmar’s future, says Australian Jesuit

The people of Myanmar “know they’ve been starved of education” and are eager to turn that situation around, the newly appointed Superior of the Jesuit Mission in Myanmar told The Catholic Weekly. This means, Australian Fr Mark Raper SJ told the paper, that the main focus of the Jesuit mission in the struggling nation is […]


Sydney’s Maronites welcome first-class relic of St Maroun

The Maronite community in Sydney have welcomed to their home city a precious first-class relic of their patron, St Maroun, who died in the 5th century. The relic was transported to Sydney from Lebanon, arriving in time for the celebration of St Maroun’s feast day on 9 February. “It is our hope that the presence […]


Young Catholics at the Crossroads of life in Sydney

A group of young Catholics—each with their own reasons—are currently walking 1,500 kms from Brisbane to Melbourne in the name of life. Every human life, that is. Pro-life organisation, Crossroads, sponsors walks each year in Australia, Canada, America and Spain. It was founded in 1995 in response to St John Paul II’s call to youth […]


Catholics named on Australia Day Honours List 2018

This year, 895 Australians from all walks of life have been recognised in the Australia Day Honours List. Among them are Catholics, often unsung-heroes, who have selflessly served the Church and the wider Australian community for many years. Eighty-eight year-old Sister Sheelah Frances Mogan says she is “astonished” to be awarded a Medal of the […]


Sydney body-boarder takes vows as Benedictine monk

A 28-year-old body-boarder from Sydney, who loved spending time in the Australian sun and surf, recently pronounced his first vows as a Benedictine monk, at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland. Brother Cassian Maria Aylward made his first profession on 13 January, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, during Mass in the Oratory […]


Caritas gives hope to typhoon victims

Caritas are giving “extra heart” to the vulnerable people of the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Tembin, which struck on Christmas Eve killing at least 180 people. Jing Rey Henderson who is Communications and Partnership Development Coordinator for NASSA/Caritas Philippines says it’s not just food and clothing they are giving to people but also […]