Some of us are old enough to remember ‘vocations talks’ at school. Lest anyone doubt the effectiveness of these, reflect on the vocation story of Spiritan priest, Philip Doyle, currently ministering at Raymond Terrace and this year celebrating his golden jubilee of ordination.
Aurora is Latin for dawn, and in the lectionary, the dawn Mass of Christmas Day is called Aurora. When Bishop Michael Malone launched a diocesan newspaper which he named Aurora in December 1996, it was the beginning of a new era for the diocese.
Some will recall the June Aurora cover depicting teacher Michael Eccleston and students from St Joseph’s Lochinvar participating in #3weeks2days, an imaginative honouring of John Sandy’s walk for three weeks and two days in order to make a phone call to his wife. John came to Australia as a refugee from Sierra Leone and is now a project officer with CatholicCare Refugee Service.