February 22, 2018

Author Archive | Marilyn Rodrigues


Empowering women on campus to choose life

A new generation of pro-life students are learning the conflict-management, media and leadership skills necessary to support peers on university campuses across the country. “There are too many young women who find out they’re pregnant while at university and feel that their only option is to have an abortion,” says Rebecca Gosper, the new director […]


15,000 kms solo across the Pacific

This month in Sydney Harbour 27-year old Andrew Brazier will embark on a 15,000km solo trip across the Pacific Ocean. He’s leaving his rounds as a hospital registrar to make the final preparations this week, including getting his boat blessed by Fr Duncan Wong FSSP, parish priest at Lewisham’s Maternal Heart of Mary parish. Dr […]


Sydney Archdiocese to tackle forms of modern slavery

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will reveal the Archdiocese of Sydney’s supply chain strategies, education initiatives and welfare services aimed at eliminating modern forms of slavery at a special Mass next month. The feast day – 8 February – of an African slave St Josephine Bakhita, canonised in 2000, will mark the historic announcement. St Bakhita […]


New ACN head looks to the future

We are living in the most dangerous times to be a Christian but there is much Australians can do to help, says the new head of Aid to the Church in Need. “Christian persecution is very much alive and more Christians died for their faith in the last century than in the previous 19 centuries […]


Holidaying with other families? It’s not relaxing, but so worth it

My family spent the first week of this year with about 10 other families at a conference centre we hire out for the purpose during the summer school holidays. Parents from our kids’ schools organise these ‘family camps’ and while they are not relaxing on the whole, they are so rewarding that I’ve become a […]


Sydney professor receives $100,000 Archdiocese grant

The Sydney Archdiocese has made possible new research into a rare and deadly heart condition with a $100,000 grant to the Victor Chang Institute. Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists, is seeking to find the cause of heart attack or sudden death in otherwise healthy young women in the hope of preventing the […]


Holy smoke: sea snails in ancient incense recipe

The shell of a humble sea snail is most likely to be the mystery ingredient of an incense recipe used in the time of Moses, according to new research at Southern Cross University. Researchers were looking for traditional medicinal uses of the opercula, or trapdoor, from murex whelk shells (Muricidae) in eastern and middle-eastern cultures […]


Marilyn Rodrigues: Advent like a boss

Advent, that time of joyful hope, is here again. Time to wait with Mary and Joseph, spiritually alert to the Christ-child’s appearance. At least, that’s the plan. But it’s a bit tricky to maintain a solemnly joyful vigil in real life, isn’t it? As Advent began our family was in the midst of end of […]

Campion College students David Ryan, Genevieve Conway, Tara Kennedy and Victoria Standish. The four successfully completed Journalism internships at The Catholic Weekly. Editor Peter Rosengren was delighted by the quality of the contributions from each of the student journalists. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Campion students take to craft of journalism

If you’ve noticed some great articles by new writers in The Catholic Weekly you can now put faces to the names. Campion College students Tara Kennedy, David Ryan, Victoria Standish and Genevieve Conway have just completed a three-month internship program with The Catholic Weekly. Editor Peter Rosengren established the newspaper’s first internship earlier this year, […]


Listen to lead, Archbishop tells students

Catholic school student leaders have fired candid questions to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP in an open yet respectful forum at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall on November 7. The Archbishop of Sydney urged more than 200 newly-elected leaders from 49 systemic and congregational schools throughout the archdiocese to “cultivate the art of conversation” which is sorely […]

Pope Francis smiles as he visits the "White Houses," a housing development for the poor, on the outskirts of Milan on 25 March 2017. PHOTO: CNS

Pope issues special message for the ACYF

With just over a month to go before the Australian Catholic Youth Festival kicks off in Sydney, Pope Francis has sent a message to Australia’s young people assuring them of his prayers and spiritual closeness and his hope that the festival will be an occasion for them to “deepen their relationship with the Lord”. Imparting […]


Christine’s angelic mural is a true labour of love

Christine de Stoop, a parishioner at Holy Name parish at Wahroonga, has transformed a plain arch over the sanctuary at Our Lady of the Angels, Rouse Hill, into a vibrant depiction of heaven. Her mural was a 160-day marathon which included long days and at times working into the night. The roughly 60-square metre mural […]