As its name suggests, the Catholic Church has never been a ‘one size fits all’ community. Recently a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Fr Stephen Hill, has begun ministering in Mayfield, Mayfield West and Stockton.
When he left Sydney aboard the “Afric” on 18 October 1914, Arthur Robert Elliott, aged 24, could have imagined little of what awaited him over the next four years. Arthur had answered the call to enlist in the Australian Military Forces the previous August.
Couples that have been happily married for many years are often described as ‘finishing each other’s sentences’. Ron and Mavis Pirola, both 78, don’t do this. They probably could, but they are careful to preserve the space belonging to the other, while happily admitting they remain very much in love after 55 years of marriage.