The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated on Wednesday 15 August.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle recently welcomed Fr Richard Lennan home from USA for a seminar held on 7 August about The Future of Faith: Challenges and Possibilities. Fr Richard is Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College - School of Theology and Ministry.
Christian Spiritual Direction is defined as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God's personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship. The focus of this type of Spiritual Direction is on experience, i.e., any experience of the mysterious Other whom we call God. Moreover, this experience is viewed, not as an isolated event, but as an expression of the ongoing personal relationship God has established with each one of us.” (William A. Barry & William J. Connelly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction, 1992).
Mary MacKillop was the first Australian to be canonised as a saint - St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She was canonised on 17 October, 2010 - just over 100 years after her death on 8 August 1909. Since then the day of her death has become her feast day and each year there are celebrations.
I’m member of the Diocese of Maitland’s Human Resources team and when I first started in HR, I experienced performance anxiety when speaking in public or doing training workshops – this is because I am a natural introvert.
The Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Council welcomed over 60 people to the Interfaith Dialogue at St Mary’s Campus Maitland to discuss what Mary, the mother of Jesus, means to each faith.
The Christian Formation Course is a great way for individuals to explore their faith or prepare for ministry. The 2018 course is underway, made up of eight units introducing participants to our Catholic tradition.