January 23, 2018

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“Voices of spun gold” set to stun at St Mary’s Cathedral

World renowned a cappella ensemble, The King’s Singers, are coming to Sydney to perform with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir for one night only. Known for their “voices of spun gold” and their mastery of vocal harmony, the British group are celebrating their 50 year anniversary, coinciding with 200th anniversary of the founding of St Mary’s […]


Singing priest set for the big screen

An Australian priest from a country town could soon become a Hollywood sensation after US film producers bought the rights to his new book. Such is his appeal, industry experts IMDb have linked superstars Ryan Gosling, Roberto Beniagni and opera singer Andrea Bocelli as potential collaborators of the film. For Fr Rob Galea, who is […]


Notre Dame Australia tops NSW universities in employer satisfaction

The University of Notre Dame Australia is celebrating its out-ranking of every university in New South Wales for employer satisfaction with its graduates in a recent survey. It achieved second place in the country with an employer satisfaction rating of 89.1 percent, placing it well above the national average and a touch behind James Cook […]


“The Madonna of Cronulla” unveiled and blessed

Fr Thomas Carroll recently unveiled and blessed a beautiful new painting—“The Madonna of Cronulla”—at St Aloysius’ Parish in Cronulla. Painted by parishioner, Byron Hurst, the artwork was presented to the parish as a gift from De La Salle Catholic College in Cronulla, where Mr Hurst is the art teacher. The painting is a modern interpretation […]

Damage by Cyclone Tembin in Lanao del Norte province.  PHOTO: NASSACaritas

Caritas responds to Cyclone Tembin devastation

Caritas Australia is contributing $50,000 to support the people of the southern Philippines affected by Cyclone Tembin 17, which struck on Christmas Eve, killing at least 180 people. Caritas staff working on the ground in the Philippines responded quickly with emergency assistance in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone which is referred to locally as […]


The Good Sams celebrate nearly 1100 years of religious life

Sisters from the first religious institute founded in Australia, known affectionately as the Good Sams, recently celebrated 25, 50, 60 and 70 years of religious life. About 90 Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict gathered at St Scholastica’s in Glebe on Saturday 9 December to renew their religious vows. The […]

Karen Larkman (director) and Rebecca King of the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office pictured while delivering training to the Archdiocese of Suva in Fiji, earlier this year. PHOTO: Supplied

Busy year for safeguarding in Sydney Archdiocese

The director of Sydney Archdiocese’s Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office says that the past year has been a busy one when it comes to celebrating the presence of young people in our midst and making sure that they are at all times cherished and safe. Karen Larkman and her staff at the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity […]

Tangara School For Girls class of 2017 celebrate their HSC result.

Tangara School for Girls ranked 26 in NSW

Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook has been ranked 26 in NSW based on the 2017 HSC results. This is an outstanding achievement, given that most of the top ranking schools are selective schools. From the class of 36 students, Michaela Munasinghe, Annabelle Woodbury, and Faith Limantono were named All-Round Achievers. They all achieved results in […]


Laywoman appointed to head Apostleship of the Sea

The Catholic Church’s ministry to seafarers who visit Australian shores has a new national director, with Roslyn Rajasingam this week beginning as the first lay woman to hold the role. Mrs Rajasingam, who has worked in Catholic and other faith-based agencies in Australia and overseas for most of the past 25 years, said the Church’s […]


Day 2 of ACYF – What does it hold in store?

After a much needed night of rest, Australian Catholic Youth Festival goers will return to Sydney Olympic Park today for another high-impact day of talks, interactive activities, social justice learning opportunities and music. US headliner, speaker and singer Emily Wilson will take to the stage for the first plenary session after a successful workshop on […]

The ACYF Mass in The Domain will be the largest since hundreds of thousands of pilgrims descended on Sydney for World Youth Day in 2008.

Day 1 of ACYF – What does it hold in store?

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival will turn on a program of epic proportions today for the tens of thousands of young people who’ve come together from throughout the country and who are now making their way to Sydney Olympic Park. The action-packed day will kick off in Qudos Arena with first plenary session, where the […]


Hundreds receive healing grace at Order of Malta’s Lourdes Day Mass

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and the Order of Malta welcomed hundreds to St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday – including many of the city’s frail and infirm – at the annual Lourdes Day Mass. Scores of people, young and old, stepped forward to receive the Blessing of the Sick from Archbishop Fisher and member priests of […]