Serving the Community brings Happiness

Deacon John Cinya has been with people experiencing material poverty and material wealth. Yet he has found that what really brings happiness is connected instead to our spiritual needs. It is grasped by individuals, “but also exercised in the community”. No matter what you have, when you know that the community is around you, whenContinue reading “Serving the Community brings Happiness”

Ministry of the Words

Deacon Mick O’Donnell is a novelist, but his life makes a compelling and inspiring story of its own. Ordained in 1991, he has had 31 years as a permanent deacon and “is still in love with the ministry.”  Back in the 80’s, there were few such deacons in Australia and Mick was working in criminalContinue reading “Ministry of the Words”

Gail Gill – Still on the Journey

This week we are privileged to hear from Gail Gill in her own words – thanks so much for sharing your story, Gail! And STOP PRESS – the Working Document for the Continental Stage of the 2023-2024 Synod of Bishops has just come out. It mentions permanent deacons a few times, including that they mayContinue reading “Gail Gill – Still on the Journey”

Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley At our Feast of St Phoebe Webinar, Deacon Anthony noted one of the unanswered questions and kindly offered this blog post in response. It also relates directly to the recent blog about Sr Helen. Thanks, Anthony! I was asked by a member of a women’s Religious Institute (RI) of pontificalContinue reading Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

Going into the Deep – National Deacons’ Conference

I have just come back from the National Deacons’ Conference at Baulkham Hills, NSW, with the theme song still ringing in my ears: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” The song, as well as the display and so many of the conference talks and materials were specially created for the days of the 13-16th ofContinue reading “Going into the Deep – National Deacons’ Conference”

Formation to Become “Our Deacon”

Fr Jim McKeon’s job is to prepare men to be permanent deacons in the Diocese of Broken Bay. Although he considers himself only a “common garden variety parish priest”, he is clearly much more than that, and brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the ministry of formation. It all started in 2008 whenContinue reading “Formation to Become “Our Deacon””

John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley This is part 3 of a series. First, Anthony looked at Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons, then Adding food and funds to Acts 6. Thanks, Anthony! This is the third in a series of contributions to this blog. I am sharing some basic information about how we developedContinue reading John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

Feasting with St Phoebe

Last Saturday we had the privilege of virtually meeting together, praying and hearing some incredible speakers on the Feast of St Phoebe. You can watch the whole of the Webinar here: Our group was overwhelmed by the interest in this, our first event. We had well over 400 registrations and of the Zoom attendees, atContinue reading “Feasting with St Phoebe”

Adding food and funds to Acts 6

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley Before hearing from Anthony below, a reminder that you can see him speak as well as Dr Phyllis Zagano at our webinar for the Feast of St Phoebe, on this Saturday at 10am AEST. If you have registered, please make sure that you have received the Zoom link byContinue reading “Adding food and funds to Acts 6”

Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley I have had the privilege of sometimes meeting with a small network of Catholics exploring ministry and the ministry of deacon in our Australian context. One of the suggestions from that network is that I might consider contributing a few short pieces to this blog to provide some foodContinue reading Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?