2013/14 Directory Released

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A Word of Welcome

from Archbishop Denis Hart

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

My dear friends,

Once again, I present to you the 2013 to 2014 edition of The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia. The Directory is a marvellous deposit of information which illustrates the strength and diversity of the works of the Catholic Church. As part of our Australian community, the Church sincerely and humbly offers service and care of people from diverse origins right across our great country, in parishes, agencies, health and care facilities, social welfare and outreach projects.

As the Body of Christ the Church offers, as the fruit of Baptism and as part of the mission of all the baptised, an outreach to the people with whom we share the beautiful world made by our loving God.

Last October I was privileged to be in Rome to concelebrate Mass with Pope Benedict, for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the inauguration of the Year of Faith. Pope Benedict's encouragement to us to read again the documents of the Council and to study more closely the content of our faith, helps us to witness more effectively to the activity of Christ in our lives and the service which each of us can render. This is the foundation of true renewal of our lives and communities. We are deeply grateful to Pope Benedict for his generous teaching of the faith, his leading us in holiness and the inspiration which his courageous work as Pope has given to all of us. In his time of prayer and reflection we are united with him as he prays for the Church.

We have all welcomed Pope Francis from a far country and have marvelled at his engagement with people as a true shepherd who cares for us all. We pray that his pontificate will be one of faith, growth and care for all of us in the Church.

This Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia is a valuable resource. I urge you to use it well. Personally I would like to thank Sally Heath and Christine Moore of the National Council of Priests National Office for their dedicated work in compilation and publication. Their work is a tangible expression of the way in which we are drawn together in the Church and able to communicate with each other. The thousands of 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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