Category Archives: Homilies

A Day Made Possible by Vatican II

By Devett O’Brien, Secretary-General of the International Young Christian Students reporting from the Synod in Rome

Devett O'Brien

Tomorrow will see massive celebrations in Rome and around the world to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council. As majestic as the celebrations may be, the events in the Synod in the last 24 hours emphasise the impact of the Council, the seemingly commonplace things that would not have been possible before Vatican II.

The good news coming out of the Synod from last night and today was an increasing focus on hearing the voice of the laity.

Cardinal Ouellet presented yesterday evening on the reception by the Church of “Verbum Domini,” the outcome document of the last General Synod which was on the Word of God. In his closing summary last night he was reportedly extremely animated in saying that many Priests were not effective in their preaching and that to improve this they should not only look to preaching aids and other Priests but more importantly to ask the lay people to tell them how to improve. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s Homily at his Installation, 21 March, 2012

Courtesy Michael Connelly/The Record

This is Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s Homily which he gave at his Installation as Archbishop of Perth on 21 March, 2012 at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth.

Liturgical Reception and Solemn Mass – Homily

A few moments ago Archbishop Hickey and Archbishop Lazzarotto led me to the Bishop’s chair, the Cathedra, from where I will preside as the Archbishop of Perth. In doing so Archbishop Hickey is representing not just the Archdiocese of Perth or the Church in Western Australia but, in a very real sense, the whole Church found in virtually every part of our great land. Archbishop Lazzarotto, the Apostolic Nuncio, represents the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and for that reason he represents the universal Church spread throughout the whole world. Tonight we are celebrating the fact that we are members of this One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In a powerful way we are both expressing and experiencing our belonging to the Church which we love so much. Continue reading

Homily of Archbishop Philip Wilson at the Foundation Eucharist of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and PNG

Archbishop Wilson preaches the Homily at the Foundation Eucharist of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea

The Foundation Eucharist of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
December 18, 2011

It is of great interest to me in reading about the history of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy to discover that it was never the intention of Venerable Catherine McAuley to become a sister. She didn’t want to be a religious. But luckily she met a nice bishop who helped her and this is a good turn of events I can tell you. Given the history that I belong to it’s really something.

But Dr Murray was of great help to her because he understood exactly what she wanted to do and he knew why she had the opinion that she had and he helped her to create a new way of being religious so that the Sisters of Mercy known as the walking sisters, the walking nuns, able to do their work about bringing the mercy of God to the people of Ireland and very quickly then to England and to the rest of the world. Continue reading

Address by President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

Most Holy Father,

From the Antipodes, from Terra Australis de Spiritu Sancto, we come as pilgrims ad limina apostolorum, to the Tombs of the Apostles. The old map on the third loggia of this Apostolic Palace has Australia marked simply as Terra Incognita. But our land is no longer unknown to you, and its “joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties” (Lumen Gentium, 1) are intimately known to us as Pastors. All of these we bring to you now, confident that you have come to know not only our land but also its people in all their diversity. The land may be distant, but we know the people are close to your heart. Continue reading

HOMILY OF MOST REV BARRY JAMES HICKEY ON THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST 20 OCTOBER 2011

AT THE BASILICA OF ST JOHN LATERAN

In the history of salvation God called extraordinary people to proclaim his revelation to the world. Patriarchs and prophets prepared the Chosen People, the Israelites, to grasp the reality of the one true God and to shape their lives according to his Will.

On the Feast of St John the Baptist we see in him the fulfilment of the centuries of preparation and the validation of all that had gone before. We hear in him the combined voices of all the prophets as he cried out “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths”. Continue reading

HOMILY FOR THE MASS AT ST MARY MAJOR’S BASILICA, ROME AD LIMINA 2011 – 13 OCTOBER 2011

By Archbishop John Bathersby, Archbishop of Brisbane

My brothers and sisters it is a tremendous privilege to be present in this marvellous Basilica of St Mary Major. It brings us together, and brings together also Jesus, Son of God and Saviour, and His mother Mary, Our Lady, and mother of the Church. Mary has already played significant roles in all of our lives. I grew up in Stanthorpe in the 1940s, taught by the Sisters of Mercy who constantly encouraged me to pray for a vocation to priesthood. I tried to do so, but changed my mind when I thought the Air Force was a more interesting career, only to realise that the Sisters had kept on praying for me through the power of Mary, mother of Jesus. For me Mary seemed like a furnace of prayer and I turned to her whenever I needed support for myself, or needed support assist others who asked for my prayers. Continue reading

Homily by ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART at the BASILICA OF SAINT PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, ROME. 12 October, 2011

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART
AT THE BASILICA OF SAINT PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, ROME,
ON WEDNESDAY, 12TH OCTOBER 2011 AT 4.00 P.M.

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS,

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS ON OUR PILGRIMAGE TO THIS HOLY PLACE DEDICATED TO SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE OF THE GENTILES, WHOSE DYNAMIC MISSIONARY ENTHUSIASM INSPIRES OUR EFFORTS TO BRING OUR PEOPLE TO A DEEPER KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST. Continue reading