They are a long way from their country of birth and the culture that has shaped their lives, but for 20 Catholic Filipino families they are now proud to call the small country town of Bordertown ‘home’.
After living in his car and travelling across Australia for the past five years, Walter Nickels seems to have found his niche in Adelaide with his artwork in hot demand and a permanent roof over his head.
Young people in the Adelaide Archdiocese want to be included and “taken seriously” within the Church, with many feeling their youth activities are “disconnected” from the life of the parish.
Chances are that if you meet Fr Jeevan Gabriel smm he will be wearing comfortable shoes. Old habits die hard for the Indian priest who for four years walked thousands of kilometres through the mountains of his homeland serving the people of the Shanthi Nagar Tribal Mission.
At 21 years of age, Mary Ryan appeared to have the world at her feet. She had a great job with good future prospects and was well paid – bringing home more than twice that of her father. But despite her “success”, something was missing in her life.
Visiting parishes, youth groups and schools is all part of a day’s work for Fr Josy Sebastian msfs who is the most recent addition to the Archdiocese’s Vocations team.
Survey results revealing a high incidence of sexual assault and harassment of Australian university students is “worrying” but not “surprising”, according to the head of South Australia’s only Catholic residential college.