March 17, 2018

Author Archive | David Ryan


Schoolgirl inspired by Laudato Si lobbies for environmental change

Sophia Skarparis, a 14 year old schoolgirl from Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney, is petitioning the New South Wales state government to ban single use and heavy retail plastic bags. Sophia told The Catholic Weekly she was inspired by the 2015 papal encyclical emphasising our responsibility to be stewards of God’s creation: “I […]

Margie Abbott speaks with women attending the Women's Luncheon at Campion College. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Margie gives Liberal Arts a boost

Margie Abbott, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott MP, spoke at the recent Campion College Women’s Luncheon on her Catholic spirituality as a mother, a wife  and an educator. “As a married woman my prayer life changed”, she told the 100 or so participants attending the function. “Part of my support for my loved ones […]


Ex PM warns on need for economic and social reform

If the implementation of Catholic social teaching such as the 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum is not applied to contemporary politics and economics, the results could be social upheaval and the collapse of capitalism, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned. Mr Rudd’s warning came at the launch of an Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion, […]

Images by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2017

Sydney’s goal: Insulation from slavery’s evil

On the feast of the patron saint of victims of slavery Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP reminded the faithful that modern slavery, while largely hidden, is still embedded in the global economy, including Australia: “Most people think human trafficking and slavery a thing of the past that need not concern them. But as we speak, there […]


Archbishop Urges Law Makers to Protect Religious Freedom at Red Mass

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, called for Australia’s legal professionals to uphold the right to religious freedom – especially in the midst of growing militant secularism – at the Red Mass on 29 January, marking the beginning of the 2018 legal term. In his homily, Archbishop Fisher spoke of the growing threats to the expression or […]


Vicious attack led Sydney Catholic Youth director to God

“There are reasons why we act in certain ways, but reasons are not the same as excuses.” These words, heard in school, came back to Chris Lee when he was hospitalised after a vicious attack by a stranger on a Kings Cross street one early Easter morning. That was in 2012, a seemingly disastrous year […]

Detail of a 13th-century sculpture on the south transept portal of Amiens Cathedral, France. PHOTO: Fr Lawrence Lew OP

Sydney unis lead way for Mary

A void of serious scholarly research on Mary and Her place in the Church has been filled with the Sydney launch of a new book promising to shed learned light on the matter. Mariology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium was launched at the University of Notre Dame in Broadway on 8 September. The […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will launch the Archdiocese’s new youth office, Sydney Catholic Youth, on 8 November at All Saints Parish in Liverpool. PHOTO: Gene Ramirez

Chris’s appointment signals a new direction in youth ministry

The Hills Shire Citizen of the Year for 2017, Chris Lee, is the new team leader for Sydney Archdiocese’s youth ministry rejuvenation – Catholic Youth Sydney. Chris, 23, founder of young men’s health organisation Conviction Group, and Credo Youth Ministry (the youth group at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta) is determined to use his skills in […]