June 25, 2018

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan


NSW leads the way in passing first Australian anti-slavery bill

The NSW Parliament has led the way in passing the first-ever bill in Australia to combat the scourge of modern-day slavery. The Sydney Archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce has welcomed the passage of the Bill, while also pointing out aspects of the legislation that need to be strengthened. Leading the charge to have the Modern Day Slavery […]


Those on the streets are Jesus in disguise, says bishop

Someone who has come to know many of Sydney’s homeless population is Bishop Terry Brady. Not only has he come to know those in the vicinity of St Mary’s Cathedral, but also those who visit the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo, where he has celebrated Mass on a regular basis for many years. “You never […]


Youth, older women fastest growing among homeless

Every night on the streets of Sydney people sleep on make-shift beds on footpaths, huddled under blankets in bus shelters, train stations and doorways. Every day people beg on street corners around the city, sitting on the cold, hard footpaths, ignored by the majority of people passing by. As the bitter chill of winter sets […]


Little-known Sydney Institute provides high-calibre education

The Catholic Institute of Sydney is one of the best-kept secrets of the Church in Australia. Tucked away in the green, leafy Sydney suburb of Strathfield, it is the only institute in the whole of Oceania that offers pontifical degrees in Catholic theology. It’s also a scholar’s dream, housing one of the best theological libraries […]


The silence of the exclusion zones will make women more vulnerable

Two years after she had an abortion, Jaya Taki still thinks about what might have been, had she received support to keep her baby. Just talking about it still moves her to tears. “Look at me, it’s been two years and I’m still sad,” she told The Catholic Weekly. “When I heard about what sidewalk […]


Catholics honoured in Queen’s Birthday list for 2018

Catholics have once again featured prominently on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. Awarded for their service to the community in a variety of fields from education, healthcare, outreach, and to the Catholic Church in Australia, many of them say they are humbled and surprised by the honour. Ms Rebecca Davies AO of Edgecliff, […]


Abortion exclusion zones to be enforced across NSW

Freedom of speech no longer exists within 150 metres of abortion clinics in the state of NSW. In the early hours of 8 June, after a lengthy debate, MPs in the Lower House of the NSW Parliament passed The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018. The bill introduces legislation prohibiting […]


“Kindness can lead to holiness” Steve Angrisano tells Sydney students

Popular US singer-songwriter, Steve Angrisano, inspired and captivated his young audience during a performance for primary school students at Casimir Catholic College in Marrickville on 1 June. The performance was the second last of 28 that the charismatic musician and evangelist gave during his tour down-under for the Year of Youth. He performed across the […]


7,000 Walk with Christ through Sydney’s streets

Around 7,000 Catholics followed their Eucharistic Lord through the streets of Sydney today, for the annual Walk With Christ procession. This year’s procession, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, coincided with the 200th anniversary of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Sydney, making it a particularly momentous occasion. Beginning near the corner of Martin Place […]


Catholic Church signs up to National Redress Scheme

The Catholic Church has confirmed its commitment to join the National Redress Scheme to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by officially signing up to the scheme. In a joint letter to Social Services Minister Dan Tehan, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Sister Ruth Durick OSU, President of Catholic […]


Jesuit missionaries inspire vocations to the priesthood

It was the example of other Jesuits that first made Nico Lariosa and Alan Wong desire to become priests within the Society of Jesus. The two young men who entered the Jesuits together on exactly the same day eleven years ago will be ordained to the priesthood together on 16 June this year. Both say […]


Parousia Media founder credits providence, partnership, and ‘hunger for God’ for its success

They’ve brought some of the biggest names on the international Catholic speaking circuit to Australia, including Jason Evert, Christopher West and Tim Staples, to name just a few. Yet four years ago Charbel Raish was unsure whether the organisation he founded—Parousia Media—would continue. Financially the organisation was struggling and he and wife Christine were expecting […]