Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU AUGUST 2018 2 A WORD FROM THE BISHOP Bishop Les Tomlinson Theology (1991) from the Catholic Institute of Sydney, where he is now a sessional lecturer. He holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana (2000), a Master of Letters (MLitt) in moral philosophy from the University of St Andrews (2007), and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in theological ethics from Edinburgh University (2011). On April 20, 2011, Bishop Comensoli was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, and ordained to the Episcopate on June 8, 2011, at St Mary’s Cathedral. In February 2014, Bishop Comensoli was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney and on November 20, 2014, the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed him the third Bishop of Broken Bay. His motto is: Praedicamus Christum crucifixum (‘We proclaim a crucified Christ’ – 1 Cor 1.23). Archbishop Comensoli’s previous role as Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay highlights some of the rich experiences he will bring to the Archdiocese of Melbourne, along with his energy, enthusiasm and deep spirituality. I am confident that Archbishop Comensoli’s zeal for his new pastoral responsibility will be greatly welcomed as he shepherds the Church in the Archdiocese of Melbourne into the future. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him in this important ministry. At this time, I also wish to express my deep gratitude to the retiring Archbishop Denis Hart, who since 2001 has been the eighth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Archbishop Hart’s years of ministry have included parish, marriage tribunal, diocesan governance, Bishops’ Conference and Vatican appointments and, in particular, Archbishop Hart has given distinguished service to the liturgy. For 52 years of his priesthood – the last 17 as Archbishop – Archbishop Hart has made an outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church specifically in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, but he has also been lauded for his contributions nationally and internationally. In 2016 the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference hosted the Hart Lecture in rec- ognition of the outstanding contribution of Archbishop Denis J Hart to the liturgy – locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, for the last six years he has been the thrice-elected president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference. He is greatly respected by his brother bishops, and many bishops, priests and laity have valued highly his contributions to the Catholic Church in Australia and his warm personal encouragement. I pray God’s blessings on him and wish him good health and happiness in retirement. So, what is an archbishop? In some cases, such as in Melbourne, the Archbishop is called a metropolitan, and is a bishop appointed by the Pope to govern his own archdiocese, and also, to some degree oversight the other bishops in his archiepiscopal province. A diocesan bishop, such as the Bishop of Sandhurst, is entrusted with the care of a local Church called the diocese. He is responsible for teaching, governing, and sanctifying the faithful of his diocese, sharing these duties with the priests and deacons who serve under him. Pope Francis is the Bishop of Rome. We know that bishops claim apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles. Bishops are seen as those who possess the fullness of the priesthood and can ordain clergy – including another bishop. Some Protestant churches, including the Lutheran and Anglican churches, have bishops serving similar functions as well, though not always understood to be within apostolic suc- cession in the same way. One who has been ordained deacon, priest, and then bishop is understood to hold the fullness of the (ministerial) priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach and sanctify the Body of Christ, members of the Faithful. Priests, deacons and lay ministers co-operate and assist their bishops in shepherding a flock. At a time when dissent against the Church’s teachings is at an all-time high, we need to remember that our bishops overwhelmingly want to draw each one of us closer to the sac- ramental life focused on Jesus Christ, upon whom the Church is centred. We can give thanks to God that we are “sheep with a shepherd.” So, I ask you to join with me in continuing to pray for our new Archbishop, Peter Comensoli and to remem- ber also, Archbishop Denis Hart who, having shepherded his flock as Archbishop for 17 years, now moves on with time for prayer and reflection in retirement. 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SandPiper accepts no responsibility or liability in relation to any loss due to the failure of an advertisement to appear or if it appears in a form that is not in accordance with the instructions received by SandPiper . Chancery and Diocesan Ministry: 174 McCrae Street (PO Box 201) Bendigo Vic 3552. Ph: (03) 5441 2544 Fax: (03) 5441 8278 Website: www.sandhurst.catholic.org.au Bishop’s Secretary: Katrina Strong, katrina.strong@ sandhurst.catholic.org.au Adult Faith Education Co-ordinator: Lyn Breen, adultfaith@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Marriage Tribunal: tribunal@cam.org.au Senior Youth Ministry Worker: Ruth Lawlor ruth.lawlor@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Youth Ministry Worker: Samuel Matuszek Samuel. matuszek@sandhurst.catholic.org.au website: www.sym.org.au/ Business Manager: Cameron Fraser, cameron.fraser@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Personal Assistant to Business Manager: Sally Holmes, sally.holmes@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Diocesan Development Fund: Postal address: PO Box 201, Bendigo, VIC, 3552. Telephone: (03) 5441 2544. Fax: (03) 5441 8278. Email: ddf@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Diocesan archivist: Donna Bailey, archives@sandhurst.catholic.org.au Chancery contacts: SandPiper Vision: SandPiper aims to develop a sense of community, linking faith and life through dialogue. Editor: Damian Griffin. Postal address: The SandPiper, C/- The Chancery, PO Box 201, Bendigo, 3552. Street address: (No mail to this address) 172-174 McCrae Street, Bendigo. Email: editor@sandpiper.org.au Phone: (03) 5445 3610 Fax: (03) 5441 8278 To Advertise: Email editor@sandpiper.org.au for an advertising pack, or call the editor for further information. To Subscribe: (View the full edition online for free at www.sandpiper.org.au , or pick up a free copy at Sandhurst Diocese Catholic churches, schools and hospitals). To pay for a home delivered SandPiper , contact the editor. Distribution: For all issues relating to SandPiper distription, including delays in delivery or delivery to incorrect addresses, please contact the editor. Chancery contacts: SandPiper Catholic Newspaper is an open newspaper, receiving contributions for publication from across the Sandhurst Diocese. If you have a story to share from your school or parish, please submit a report to editor@sandpiper.org.au Stories should be no longer than 450 words and an accompanying photo with caption is recommended. Photos should be high- resolution (just as they come off your camera) and not embedded within Word documents. (Please note: Items submitted for consideration are subject to space availability and editorial judgement and submitting an item does not guarantee publication) . Send us your stories! Welcoming our new archbishop Diocesan Priesthood Sandhurst Diocesan Vocations Ministry “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5 Contact Father Steve Bohan for information PO Box 36, Yarrawonga Vic 3730 Phone: 03 5744 3030 Fax: 03 5744 3434 DISTRIBUTION The SandPiper is published and distributed for the first Sunday of each month to schools and parishes across the diocese. Schools and Parishes in close proximity to each other have been combined to one delivery point where possible. If you experience delays or have any issues regarding your SandPiper delivery, please notify the editor. 03 5445 3610 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” – John 3:16 T he Liturgical Reception of Archbishop Peter Comensoli, the new Archbishop of Melbourne, will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Wednesday evening, August 1. As Bishop of Sandhurst, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the appoint- ment by our Holy Father Pope Francis, of Bishop Peter Comensoli as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. On June 29, the day of the announcement, I offered my sin- cere congratulations and prayerful support to Archbishop-Elect Comensoli on what undoubtedly was a joyous day for him, his family, friends and for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. For your information and interest, I have included here the curriculum vitae of Archbishop-elect Comensoli: Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli was born in the Illawarra on March 25, 1964, the fourth son and last child of Mick and Margaret Comensoli. He was baptised at St John Vianney Church, Fairy Meadow, the parish in which he would receive all his sacraments of Christian Initiation, as well as priestly Ordination. Bishop Comensoli was educated by the Good Samaritan Sisters at St John Vianney’s Primary School, and by the Marist Fathers at St Paul’s College, Bellambi. Following school, he worked for four years in the banking sector, while studying Commerce at Wollongong University. Bishop Comensoli commenced his studies for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Manly in 1986. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wollongong on May 22, 1992. During his time in the diocese he served as Assistant Priest and then Administrator in a number of parishes. He was Diocesan Chancellor for six years and a member of various clergy and diocesan committees. Bishop Comensoli holds a Bachelor of Theology (1989) and a Bachelor of Sacred

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