August 22, 2018

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan


Bringing joy and hope to refugee families

Wetherill Park resident, Milan Maksimovic and his family, have brought good-will and cheer to many refugee families during the Christmas and New Year season, delivering hampers to about 500 families from Syria and Iraq. Milan, who was himself a refugee from Yugoslavia 20 years ago, collected donations from various organisations and parishes around Sydney. His […]


Melkites celebrate Feast of the Theophany

Sydney’s Melkite Catholics celebrated the baptism of Jesus—the Feast of the Theophany—including the traditional Blessing of the Water, on 5 January at St John the Beloved Melkite parish in Greenacre. Bishop Robert Rabbat joined many of the Melkite faithful for the special feast and he presided over the highly symbolic ceremony. The word “Theophany” means […]


Sydney Bishop heading to 2020 Eucharistic Congress

Bishop Richard Umbers will represent the Australian Catholic bishops at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2020. The announcement was made following the Plenary Meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference held late last year in North Sydney. The Congress will bring together faithful from all around the […]


Anything but a Roman holiday for Sydney seminarian

There are important lessons to be learned by a young Aussie seminarian in Rome. Sydney seminarian, Deacon Matthew Meagher, who is currently completing his fourth year of study at the Gregorian University in Rome, says that while there is much to like about the laid-back Roman culture, there are also significant spiritual lessons to be […]


Why not join a pilgrimage to the heart of the Church?

It has been said that after a trip to Rome you are never quite the same. For many Catholics here in Australia, travelling to the Eternal City can feel like visiting their second home or being reunited with a long-lost family member. The history of the ancient city is intimately connected with Catholicism.  As the […]

Veteran journalist Mike Willisee speaking to The Catholic Weekly's Catherine Sheehan at his Sydney home.

Mike Willesee says revealing God is his greatest work

As one of Australia’s most well known journalists Mike Willesee has a reputation for toughness. During a stellar career spanning decades, he’s interviewed prime ministers, movie stars, criminals and sporting legends. He’s been punched by Mohammed Ali and played mind games with Gough Whitlam. But as the 75-year-old faces his toughest battle yet in the […]


Catherine Sheehan: Tolkien masterpiece no mere escapism

When life seems too much to handle, there is nothing I like doing more than curling up on the couch and reading JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, again. Of course, to simply forget about life and immerse myself in the wonder of Middle-earth sounds like pure, unadulterated escapism. However, The Lord of the […]


Melkite refugee family thanks Archbishop Fisher for his support

This Christmas the Al Kaed family are especially grateful to be here in Australia. The Melkite Catholic family were able to leave war-torn Syria and settle in the country two years ago after the Sydney Archdiocese put pressure on the government to grant them humanitarian visas. As a token of their gratitude, the family of […]


Young Maronite Catholic takes on major political parties

A 25-year-old Maronite Catholic will take on political heavy-weights John Alexander and Kristina Keneally in the Bennelong by-election to be held on 16 December. Joram Richa, who is pro-freedom of speech and pro-freedom of religion, has put himself forward as the candidate for Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives Party in the upcoming by-election. Mr Richa told […]

Independent political activist Milan Maksimovic (right) says the major parties can no longer take the votes of people in ethnic communities for granted, particular when it comes to religious freedom and same-sex marriage. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Ethnic communities raise their voices in wake of plebiscite decision

A group of deeply concerned ethnic Australians from Sydney’s Western suburbs fear their communities no longer have a voice in the Australian Parliament. Representatives from the Assyrian, Chinese, Coptic, Greek, Maltese, Serbian and Vietnamese communities met on Monday, November 20 at Fairfield to express their concerns about the push from MPs to redefine marriage in law […]


New statue for Dulwich Hill after vandalism

A replacement statue has been donated to St Paul of the Cross Parish in Dulwich Hill where a statue of Our Lady and the baby Jesus was desecrated in a deliberate act of vandalism earlier this week. Parishioners were visibly upset following the shocking act of violence in which the heads of Our Lady and […]

People praying in reparation after a statue of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was vandalised at Dulwich Hill. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Catholics pray after vandals hit

There has been an overwhelming response from Catholics following the desecration of a statue of Our Lady at a church in Sydney’s inner west. The statue was attacked at St Paul of the Cross Church, Dulwich Hill, in the early hours of the morning of Monday 20 November with the heads of both Our Lady […]