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The Pope challenges us to go out and get our hands dirty. VATICAN CITY — When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them literally on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them know someone cared. (04/12/2013)
This week Pope Francis issued a bold new document — in Vatican parlance an "apostolic exhortation" — called "Evangelii Gaudium" or The Joy of the Gospel. In this new document, he sets out an exciting new vision of how to be a church. In all my years as a Catholic, I cannot remember a papal document that was so thought-provoking, surprising and invigorating. Frankly, reading it thrilled me, writes James Martin SJ. (29/11/2013)
Deacon Russ Nelson from Brisbane, Queensland has just been appointed to the Australian Council for Clergy, Life and Ministry for 3 years commencing January 2014. This Council reports to the Bishops' Commission for Church Ministry which in turn reports to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. (28/11/2013)
The ordinations of Paselio Lemalu, Francisco Javier Ramirez and Poukesi Vakauta to the diaconate brought the number of active permanent deacons in Melbourne to 11 while another three men are undergoing formation and are expected to be ordained next year. (27/11/2013)
The Archbishop of Brisbane has announced that he is calling for more men to enter a discernment program for the diaconate. A revised set of diocesan guidelines and a new formation team has been put in place to guide the formation of future deacons for the Archdiocese. (30/08/2013)
The latest outline of the program for the National Deacon's Conference 2013, suggests that there will be a great deal to think about at this conference. (23/08/2013)
The latest report from the chair of the National Association of Deacons (20/08/2013)
Deacon Curtain provides a snapshot of some post-ordination supports in place for the deacons of Melbourne Archdiocese. He also shares a little of his own current ministry placement. (18/07/2013)