May 27, 2018

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan

Heroines: Jane Austen's novels include strong female characters who learn from their own folly and the follies around them, including Catherine Morland, played by Felicity Jones in a 2007 ITV adaptation of Northanger Abbey.

Much more than amiable: Jane Austen still thrilling, 200 years on

On 18 July this year it will be 200 years since the world lost one of its greatest writers—Miss Jane Austen (1775 –1817). Of enormous popularity today, all of Austen’s major novels—Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (1817)—have been made into films, plays and […]


Standing with the suffering Church: An interview with Regina Lynch

“What would I have done? Would I have had the courage to hold out as long as they have?” Regina Lynch often asks herself these questions after meeting Christians around the world who have been persecuted for their faith. As someone who has worked for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for 36 years, […]

A happy union: Sr Margaret Mary Birgan (centre), Congregational Leader of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, is pictured with Sr Clare Nolan, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity, and Bishop Anthony Randazzo at the signing of a document affecting the absorption of the Nurses into the Sisters of Charity. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Eileen O’Connor’s nurses continue in Charity

The religious order founded by the woman who could one day be named as another Australian saint, will operate—as of 1 July this year—under the leadership of the Sisters of Charity. Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, founded by Eileen O’Connor and Fr Edward McGrath in 1913, have dwindled in numbers over recent decades with […]

Conductor Eugene Raggio takes the Artes Christi Choir through one of the most widely loved choral pieces in history: Handel’s Messiah. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Artes Christi takes full flight with recording of Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah is again set to inspire listeners across Australia following the release of a new CD recording by Artes Christi, launched on 11 June by Bishop Richard Umbers. “God finds a way to the soul through music,” explained Bishop Umbers, as he congratulated the work of the “youth Choir and youth Orchestra who have […]

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Cathedral choir offers sumptuous selection for upcoming concert

The oldest musical institution in Australia – St Mary’s Cathedral Choir in Sydney – is set to perform a concert that Music Director, Thomas Wilson, hopes will give people a unique encounter with sacred music. The choir – which turns 200 years old next year – will perform works by J S Bach, Benjamin Britten […]


Catholic schools in Sydney welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugee kids

Over 400 children from war-torn Syria and Iraq have been taken in by Catholic schools around Sydney, and that number will continue to rise over the coming months. These incredibly vulnerable children have fled with their families from the terror of ISIS and civil war in their homelands, and have been welcomed into Sydney’s Catholic schools […]


Mentors show the way forward for women in the Church

At the final resting place of Australia’s first official saint – a woman – a new initiative was recently launched aimed at inspiring and empowering women to use their unique God-given gifts in the service of the Church and others. The new Australian Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program was launched on 20 May at Mary MacKillop […]

Author Ryan Messmore and Sydney media identity Miranda Devine who launched his latest book in Sydney, April 27. PHOTO: Supplied

Ryan Messmore New book inspired by ancient betrothal practices – and conversion

When Dr Ryan Messmore and his future wife, Karin, were dating at university, they longed for a deeper, more meaningful story about love and marriage, than what they were hearing from the hook-up culture around them. They wanted something better than the cultural narrative of sex as merely physical pleasure and marriages that last only […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP with youth of the Emmnanuel Community and Sydney priest Fr Josh Miechels, who first discerned his calling to the priesthood through the Community. PHOTO: Supplied

Emmanuel Community begins new ‘Fire and Hope’ youth evangelisation initiative

‘Fire and Hope’ is an exciting new initiative seeking to form young Catholics as missionary disciples and evangelisers in today’s world. Run by the Emmanuel Community, ‘Fire and Hope’ is a mission for young adults aged 18 to 25, consisting of monthly Masses, Eucharistic adoration, praise, talks and social time. Held on the third Sunday […]

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre chapel. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre: An oasis of silence on Sydney’s doorstep

Sometimes in order to hear the still, small voice of God in our lives, we need to do as Christ did in the Gospels—remove ourselves from the crowds and withdraw to a lonely place. For it is only in a quiet place that we can truly hear the Father’s voice. The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre […]

A woman listens to speakers at a recent Abortion Rethink event at NSW Parliament House, 3 May. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Galaxy poll shows Australians are not in favour of abortion on demand

The findings of a recent Galaxy poll of NSW voters fly in the face of claims from Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi that her bill seeking to remove all legal restrictions on abortion corresponds with community attitudes. According to the poll, 81 per cent believe that abortion is harmful to women’s health, while 74 per cent […]