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Homily at the Easter Vigil

Mar 30, 2024

A large stone was rolled across the entrance of the new rock-hewn tomb where Jesus was laid. It was the custom to seal a tomb of this kind, not only with a large stone but with other seals as well to prevent the incursions of grave-robbers and wild animals...

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Homily on Good Friday

Mar 29, 2024

In his letters, the Apostle Paul speaks of the two Adams - the first Adam of the beginning and the second Adam, Jesus, of the new beginning, the man of earth and the Man of heaven, as today's Opening Prayer has it. The first Adam fell because of disobedience,...

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Homily for the Mass of the Lord's Supper

Mar 28, 2024

In the story we tell tonight and through these Easter days, there's a lot of movement up and down, especially by Jesus. He goes up to Jerusalem for the Passover; he goes down to wash the disciples' feet; he then goes back up to the table for the meal;...

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Homily at the Chrism Mass

Mar 21, 2024

The Cathedral of St Stephen This evening we are drawn deep into the mystic triad of the Mediterranean world - the grain, the grape and the olive. The grain and the grape will become the bread and wine which we bring to the altar to become, by the Spirit's...

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Podcast Series on the New Testament - The Words that Make the World

Sep 26, 2023

None of us can remember life without the New Testament, it's always been there. In this podcast series "The Words that Make the World" hosted by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, we will explore the New Testament and how it has made the world in many ways, and...

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Homily for the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Aug 8, 2023

I'm not normally inclined to quote myself, but I do so here today. Not long ago I was invited to preach at the funeral of Fr Bob Maguire, a well-known Melbourne priest who more than any other awakened a sense of vocation in me and led me to the seminary...

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Homily at the priestly ordination of Isaac Falzon, Minje Kim and Gerard Lai

Jun 30, 2023

Years ago, when I was a senior seminarian, we had a well-known older priest lead a day of recollection. He walked into the chapel, moved to the lectern and began with these words: "It's a great pleasure, indeed an honour, to be addressing the young men...

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Homily from the Sesquicentenary Mass for those ordained in the Cathedral of St Stephen

Jun 28, 2023

Acts 3:1-10; Galatians 1:11-20; John 21:15-19 The first priest ordained in this cathedral was Martin Mulhall in 1877, though there had been three earlier ordinations in the old cathedral. Since then many hundreds more priests and deacons have been ordained...

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Homily at the Episcopal Ordination of the Most Reverend John Panamthottathil CMI

Jun 1, 2023

Priya sahodaree sahodaranmaare Dear brothers and sisters, The English word "bishop" comes from the Greek episkopos, which has two meanings. The first is overseer and the second is visitor, the implication being that you can't do the first, oversee, unless...

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Homily for Feast of Pentecost 2023

May 28, 2023

We know the first Pentecost happened in Jerusalem, but no-one knows where exactly in the city the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. There's a tradition, however, that it happened in the same Upper Room, the Cenacle, where the Last Supper had been celebrated...

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