October 19, 2017

Author Archive | Robert Hiini


This is what a Sydney Catholic looks like

This is what an average Sydney Catholic looks like – a lot like Shelly Barnes. The Greystanes photographer, wife and mum of three adult sons matches recent data which reveals the average Mass-going Catholic to be: female (63 per cent), born overseas (54 per cent) and better educated than most of her non-Mass going peers. […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP joins the parish of St Martha's, Strathfield, on 18 August for their centenary celebrations. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Reject the false dichotomy in marriage debate, Archbishop tells Catholics

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has issued a clarion call in the final days of the marriage plebiscite, saying that Catholics should continue to reject the false dichotomy between loving same-sex attracted people and loving true marriage. Reiterating his concern about discrimination in the wake of same-sex marriage, the Archbishop said in his Sunday homily that […]


HSC student is just an (extra)ordinary young bloke

Tom Squire is one of the more than 19,000 NSW students who formally began their Higher School Certificate exams today. But the St John Bosco College student has recently done something that’s statistically atypical – at least for someone of his 18 years of age. Tom Squire has become a Catholic. The burly former Rugby […]


Star door knocker says it’s make or break for marriage

Sydney marriage campaigner David Jee is rallying Catholics to the marriage cause, saying this next week will be pivotal. There are still many plebiscite forms outstanding, particularly among Australian men, with the effective postal cut-off date of 20 October fast approaching. The strategic consultant, husband and father of six has been one of the staunchest, […]


Remembering the event that brought Europe to its knees

The Reformation has been remembered for the seismic series of events and ideas that is was at a special commemorative conference in Sydney. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP opened the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration and Inter-Religious Prayer Gathering with warm introductory remarks to the more than 100 Lutheran, Anglican, Jewish and Catholic attendees. Eminent […]


Priests get management skills for future flourishing

It looks like the days of priests being left to fend for themselves in organisational and parish settings, armed only with qualifications in philosophy and theology, may be numbered. Eight priests from the Archdiocese of Sydney are completing the Graduate Certificate in Management of Not-for-Profit Organisations at the Australian Catholic University, along with seven other […]

Marg Vella enjoying time with a community dear to her heart in Vanimo, PNG.

The ‘retiree thing’ can go hang, Marg’s helping out

There was a 16 month period when Peakhurst Heights’ woman Marg Vella might justifiably have been known as “God’s bootlegger”. Nothing illegal, mind you; just the passion of a dedicated Catholic woman raising funds for the residents and religious sisters of a small community in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea – women and children who are […]


A true disciple to the end

Sydney Jesuit Father Paul Coleman was “a priest for the people” who poured out his life for others till the very end, according to a Josephite Sister who knew and worked with him for the better part of 40 years. Sr Clare Koch RSJ, who attended Fr Paul’s funeral Mass earlier today, said the priest […]


Youth go global with phones set to stun

Catholic kids at St Mary’s primary in Georges Hall have been on an eye-opening trip to East Africa, and they haven’t even left the classroom. It’s thanks to Catholic Mission’s new “Mission in 360”, utilising virtual reality technology with footage shot in communities around the world. St Mary’s is one of only a handful of […]


Venue cancels on Coalition for Marriage

The Friday launch of the “No” campaign in Hobart has been thrown into disarray after the host venue cancelled the booking at the last minute, telling organisers that the room was no longer available. Wrest Point Casino gave the Coalition for Marriage the bad news earlier today, having on Tuesday received a signed contract and […]

Bashful at all the attention: St Mel's Catholic Primary has been getting noticed for its Organic Learning initiative, within Australia and overseas. PHOTO: Kitty Beale, Sydney Catholic Schools

All eyes on St Mel’s: Sydney school wins innovation accolade and global attention

A Sydney Catholic primary school has been named one the most innovative schools in Australia. St Mel’s Catholic Primary School in Campsie has made The Educator’s annual Innovative Schools list – one of only 40 – beating out thousands of schools across the nation. And they are also poised to take their success to the global […]

A fed up worker makes her feelings known outside NSW Parliament on 19 September. PHOTO: Catherine Sheehan

Archbishop Fisher: Boxing Day trading undermines family and cohesion

The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, has warned that Boxing Day trading legislation threatens to heighten community fragmentation and deprive thousands of people of time with their families over the Christmas period. The NSW Government passed amendments to the Retail Trading Amendment (Boxing Day) Bill 2017 on September 20 with the support of Fred […]