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In praise of activism that serves without ego

Noisy public activism isn’t all bad, but in general I’m skeptical when it draws attention primarily to the activist. Our efforts are most effective when we lay aside our ego, and serve others, writes Simcha Fisher.

Varieties of service, but the same Lord

An eminent physicist and former parliamentarian are among five extraordinary Sydney Catholics who received Papal honours.

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney honoured in Australian Defence Service Awards

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has been honoured in the annual NSW Employer Support Awards for its contribution to the Australian Defence Force. Across a...

Florence makes God’s house a home

Every morning under the cover of darkness, Florence Grech makes her way quietly through the inner-city streets. The spritely 91-year-old arrives at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Surry Hills and unlocks the huge timber doors and lights the candles, ready to welcome the day’s faithful.

Dempsey medal winners celebrated for parish service

If you ask Arthur Doumit how many days a week he volunteers with the St Vincent de Paul Society, he laughs and says about nine. Such is the need in his Auburn parish, the 76-year-old retired payroll manager “works” most days in the community and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Queen Elizabeth II: a monarch of faith, grace and nobility

The Bible is ambivalent about monarchy. The kings of the earth threatened the security of Israel, and the people long resisted having their own...

Parish walks the walk

The community at St Ursula’s College at Kingsgrove take their motto – I Will Serve – very seriously. Every week they not only serve but...

Service before self

Looking out across at the Botanical Gardens from his Macquarie Street office, he reclines back in his leather chair while chatting warmly, arms waving...

Bishop warns of Plenary Council risk

Calls for a ‘new Church’ risks infidelity to God, Sydney bishop has warned.
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