Posts Tagged ‘Mission’

Teen goes global with rosary business

Monday, September 11th, 2023
faith and mission

Faith and mission are behind 15-year old William Henry’s international business selling rosaries. “My mission is to spread the power of the rosary and our faith to the world through my business,” Henry says. It all started a few years ago when a friend made Henry an Irish penal rosary made up of just one-decade, Read more

Married priests not a priority for Synod

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

According to the media, the most important issues facing the Synod on Synodality are the possibility of married priests, women deacons and the blessing of gay couples. The first session of the synod will take place in Rome this October, with a second session in October 2024. I personally hope the synod deals with these Read more

To the parish priest who has everything, give him another parish

Monday, March 20th, 2023
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

At a recent dinner with the Vicar General of an Australian diocese, he quipped, “to the parish priest who has everything, give him another parish.” The five priests seated with him laughed at this. But, as the conversation turned to the realities of our failing diocesan infrastructures, the tone became more serious. Two priests were Read more

Beyond the Parish: a Church that goes out to the last, the lost and the least

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
beyond the parish

The world today is experiencing a new apostolic age, and the Church is rediscovering its primary purpose of mission, says Fr James Mallon, author of Beyond the Parish and Canadian founder of the Divine Renovation Ministry. “The word apostolicos comes from apostolay in Greek, which means ‘to send’ and the Latin translation of that word Read more

Six theme national Synod synthesis

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Synod syntheses

New Zealand’s National Synod Synthesis has been compiled and released to the public. The diocesan documents were synthesised at a national meeting held in Wellington in June. The introduction to the national document says participants throughout the country “spoke positively and with love about the place the Church has in their lives. “They want the Read more

Pope’s penitential pilgrimage signals a rethink of missionary legacy

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
chief's gift

Pope Francis’ trip to Canada to apologise for the horrors of church-run Indigenous residential schools marks a radical rethink of the Catholic Church’s missionary legacy, spurred on by the first pope from the Americas and the discovery of hundreds of probable graves at the school sites. Francis has said his weeklong visit, which begins Sunday, Read more

Moving Church from maintenance to mission

Monday, June 27th, 2022
maintenance to mission

The Catholic Church in Ireland is “moving from maintenance to mission” and needs to renew and refresh itself, Archbishop Eamon Martin says. Martin made the comment after attending Ireland’s national pre-synodal assembly this week. “The question is — what next? “We are still not entirely certain, but we are open to what the Holy Spirit Read more

Vatican finances must serve Church’s mission, not vice versa

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Vatican finances must serve mission

The Vatican’s top finance man Fr Juan Antonio Guerrero has warned that in economic matters Vatican finances must serve  Church’s mission and not the other way around. “As the pope has often repeated, it is not for us to serve the economy, but for the economy to serve us,” said Father Guerrero at a symposium Read more

Needed: Service-oriented leaders to change church culture

Monday, March 7th, 2022
service-oriented leaders Cardinal John Dew

The church is experiencing widespread calls for reform and has responded with platforms for listening and reflection through the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome. Many calls for reform have stressed the need to address changes in the church’s culture. However, the history of organisational and cultural change underscores leadership as being the most important Read more

Mission, Ministries and co-responsibility

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
clamour and silence

The front line of the Church’s work is the Christian people whose lives are leaven in the dough of all the ordinary circumstances of ordinary life. The purpose of ministries within the Church is to provide nurture and formation for that mission.  It is the mission that matters. Part I – Ministries For some years Read more