Saint Ignatius of Loyola

One of the many gifts of St Ignatius to the Church is his understanding of the process of discernment. Discernment is more than simply deliberating and making wise decisions. It is about prayerful attentiveness to God's presence in us and in the world, and openness to answering God's call to us, both personally and collectively.… Read More »Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Launch of the Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

Join us for the national launch of the Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor. This is the only statement where all the Bishops of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) release a joint reflection on a particular topic annually. This year it focuses on why it is so important… Read More »Launch of the Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

St Mary MacKillop

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop is the first Australian to be recognised as a saint. You can learn more about her life here. For Catholics in Australia, the life and work of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has become an inspiration and a part of their identity. In Catholic Social Justice Series paper… Read More »St Mary MacKillop

Saint Dominic

"Truth was Dominic’s motto and his goal. Dominic was born in Spain, the youngest of four children. He was outstanding for his love of truth, his clear thought, his organizing ability, and his sensitive, loving nature. For Dominic, love for people was part of his love for God."Loyola Press

Saint Lawrence

What do you think are the real treasures of the Church? Little is actually known about St Lawrence, but the following legend, recounted by Franciscan Media, persists: As deacon in Rome, Lawrence was charged with the responsibility for the material goods of the Church, and the distribution of alms to the poor. When Lawrence knew… Read More »Saint Lawrence

Saint Clare

Clare was born of a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy. As a teenager she became aware that Francis, the handsome, wealthy leader of youth in Assisi, had greatly changed. Clare’s community wanted to live according to the rule of Francis. Her community still exists today, the Sisters are called the Poor Clares. Loyola Press

Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Pope John Paul II said of Father Kolbe, “He won a victory of love. He loved both his fellow prisoners and those who put him to death. There is no greater love than this.”Loyola Press

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this day, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” The Catholic Weekly provides some historical background information here.

Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ

“Christ roams through our streets in the person of so many suffering poor, sick, dispossessed and people thrown out of their miserable slums: Christ huddled under bridges, in the person of so many children who lack someone to call father, who have been deprived for many years from a mother’s kiss upon their foreheads...Christ is… Read More »Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ