2014/15 Directory Released

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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Denis Hart

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

My dear friends,

It is my joy to present to you the 2014 to 2015 edition of The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia. The Directory is a marvellous repository of information, showing the diversity and variety of works of the Catholic Church. The Church, as a servant, sincerely and humbly offers care and service to people right across our country, in parishes, agencies, health and care facilities, social welfare and outreach projects.

Pope Francis has indicated recently that the Church is to be perpetually in mission because of our baptism, reaching out to others and going to the extremities where ever people are. God loves us and we are called to be a sign of his love and care to others.

Last October, I was privileged to be at meetings in Rome and to meet Pope Francis. When I explained that I was from Australia, a long way away, his face lit up and he thanked the people of Australia for all that we are doing. Pope Francis' exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel shows us that God's Word is essentially good news, and witnesses to the activity of Christ in our lives and the service which we can give to so many others. People from all over the world have been attracted magnetically by Pope Francis' enthusiasm, his care for the sick and the elderly, his engagement with the young, his warmth and directness with people. He especially reaches out to the poor, to those who are challenged and those who are struggling, showing them the warmth of God's love and his welcome to us all, no matter who we may be. May Pope Francis lead us in the way of Jesus Christ, with the joy and truth of the Gospel, to bring our beautiful world to him.

This Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia is a valuable resource which I urge you to use well. I would like to give personal thanks to Sally Heath and Christine Moore of the National Council of Priests National Office for their great work in compilation and publication of the Directory. Above all, the Directory says we are drawn together in the Church and able to communicate with each other. The many entries in the Directory assist in this. We are one with Pope Francis in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. I extend my personal greetings and prayers to each of you.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE
President
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
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