August 17, 2017

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Suspended indefinitely: Year 12 student John Paul Romano. PHOTO: Doug Dobing

Principal who put student on indefinite suspension resigns

A young Canberra man who was indefinitely suspended after a very public run-in with his Catholic high school has welcomed news that its principal has resigned. The Catholic Weekly reported in June that John Paul Romano, 17, had been suspended from St Edmund’s College, Canberra, after protesting the school’s change of uniform and crest, alleging […]


Vale Johno Johnson: A servant of the people of God and a fine Australian

Large numbers of Catholics in Sydney are today mourning the death of John Richard (Johno) Johnson, who passed away at 3am on 9 August, 2017, aged 87. The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Fr Gerald Gleeson, issued letters to his brother priests, asking them to remember Johno in their Masses, and to staff of […]


Camelot will hit all the right notes, including for the deaf and the hearing impaired

In a likely world first, the opening performance of Camelot this August at the Seymour Centre will now be Auslan interpreted for the deaf community as a special joint project of Auslan Stage Left, the Ephpheta Centre and Artes Christi. This will be Artes Christi’s first ever Auslan interpreted performance but it will also most […]

Berlin HdK-trained tenor Paul McLeod and Royal Central UK-trained Emily Potts as Arthur and Guenevere in Artes Christi's upcoming production of Camelot. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Camelot to make triumphant return to Sydney

On Friday 18 August, more than 30 years since its last major staging in Sydney, one of the world’s most loved (but only rarely performed) musicals Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot will reopen in Sydney in a brand new production being staged by Artes Christi. With a cast & live orchestra of 75 including a special […]

Mary MacKillop Catholic College students, who were acknowledged as refugees by the Australian Government, will now receive language funding support from the NSW Government. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

NSW Government to now include Catholic schools in funding for refugee English

The NSW Government has announced that it will honour its earlier undertaking to provide Catholic schools with funding for intensive English language classes for refugee students, including students from war torn Syria and Iraq. The Government’s announcement of the $2.2 million in funding follows news in The Catholic Weekly on 16 July (‘NSW Labor promises […]

Could this be the sword that began the myth of Arthur and Camelot? Historians – and many others – are intrigued by the possibilities.

Artes Christi to stage Camelot, a story more Catholic than you think

The recent release of the Guy Ritchie-directed film King Arthur – Legend of The Sword has led to another global revival of Arthurian literature which will be highlighted in Sydney this August with the new Artes Christi production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical Camelot. The legends of King Arthur and Camelot have been retold […]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley has promised funding to Catholic schools for intensive English courses for refugee children. Source: WikiMedia Commons

NSW Labor promises funds to Catholic schools for refugee English lessons

The NSW Opposition has promised Catholic educators additional funds to teach English to hundreds of refugee children from Syria and Iraq, saying that the State Liberal Government had broken its promise to provide them. Opposition Leader Luke Foley made the announcement at a dinner with the Chaldean community on Saturday night in Edensor Park, in […]

A father puts a question to menALIVE co-founder and author Robert Falzon (below) during Mr Falzon’s recent visit to Sydney. PHOTOS: Anthony Milic

Hundreds of men turn out for dads’ talks with menALIVE founder Robert Falzon

The rest of our society may not believe it but the fact remains: fatherhood – and fathers – are vitally important. That was the message from Robert Falzon, co-author of the book The Father Factor, who spoke in Sydney from 13-15 June, reminding men and women that fatherhood matters and has a unique role to […]

An eight-year-old Canadian boy who performs drag under the name "Lactatia". PHOTO: YouTube

Media celebrates advent of “heartwarming eight-year-old drag queen”

An eight-year-old boy has appeared in a report on the website of Australia’s leading LGBTQI publication, The Star Observer, as a “heartwarming eight-year-old drag queen”. The Canadian boy, who goes by the “drag name” Lactatia, told media that he had wanted to be a drag queen since the age of seven, and had been taking “voguing […]


Catholic schools launch fairness campaign in the face of a $4.6b cut to funding

Catholic schools have launched a video campaign to highlight the impact of the Liberal-National Government’s proposed funding reforms on low-fee paying Catholic school families. The videos were released earlier today by the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), with the legislation due to be put to a vote on Wednesday. Figures from the Education Minister, Simon Birmingham’s own department, which came to […]

Australian Catholic Youth Festival Host Diocese Coordinator Kathy Campbell enjoys the moment last Friday afternoon shortly after ACYF Professional Officer Phillipe Sanders-Agius posts the latest registrations tally for the Festival – 11,227 young people and rising – to run in Sydney from 7-9 December. PHOTO: Peter Rosengren

Australian Catholic Youth Festival bookings flood in

It’s looking like the sky’s the limit for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney this December with the event clocking up a record 11,000+ registrations in a little over two weeks. Bookings have shattered organisers’ expectations and Festival Director Kathy Campbell’s message is simple – “Keep them coming” – as Sydney continues to ramp […]


Maronite faithful say goodbye to beloved pastor Fr Tanios

It was a bittersweet moment for many Sydney Maronite youth and faithful last Sunday evening as they bid farewell to a popular priest returning to Lebanon to co-found a new order of monks. The Lebanese community pulled out all-stops to throw a goodbye function for Fr Tanios Ghoussain, a member of the Lebanese Maronite Order, […]