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A word from the Bishop

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As we begin this new year, we can be confident that 2023 will bring more challenges as well as more opportunities. 
Summer has been very slow getting underway this year in our part of the country. Each time we have started to enjoy a couple of…
Locally, we have much to celebrate this Easter. With the widespread take-up of vaccinations, schools have continued face-to-face classes throughout first term,
This time last year, we were cautiously optimistic.  Vaccines were being approved and had begun to be distributed; we had flattened the curve;
At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus as the light who comes in our darkness. This year, perhaps more than ever, we are aware of how much…
18 February 2020 Bishop Shane Mackinlay presented the Monsignor Peter Jeffrey Oration in Shepparton on 18 February 2020 to the Education Leaders of the Catholic…
Last October, Pope Francis spent three weeks with over 200 bishops, religious and lay people reflecting on the Amazon region in a meeting of the…
This summer has been dominated by bushfires across the south-east of Australia, with over thirty people losing their lives. Many communities in our own diocese…
3 January 2020 With acrid smoke hanging in the air across the region these last few days, we have all had a strong reminder of…
Christmas is our celebration of the God who is with us. It’s 10 weeks since I was ordained bishop. In that time, I have visited…
As I take up this ministry of bishop, I am honoured to be welcomed to the ancestral lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. I…
I am very grateful for the warm welcome and many messages of support that I have received from people across the Diocese of Sandhurst since…