his homily Fr Tony said that “things”
had changed with Pope Francis. There are signs that the future is already
present and the Knights have to be ready to undertake a flexible, creative and
missionary-like future. In that role
connection with Parish is important. The current Parish Men Project fits
comfortably into that future.
1919, when the Order was established in NSW there was a “need” for the Order and as time has evolved those “needs” have changed. The “Tools for Timor” project undertaken with
the Masons just over a decade ago and the raising of money to fund the Military
Prayer Book are examples of what the Order has achieved.
into the future, the Order needs to follow the ‘Country Fire Authority’ model
rather than the ‘Metropolitan Fire Brigade’ model - in essence to be community
volunteers, rather than paid professionals. The challenge for the “Order amateurs” is the Parish. It can’t
be a place of comfort – rather somewhere where Members skills and experience
can facilitate change, recognise new challenges and strive for effective
Tony made reference to the new Bishop of Marquette, Michigan, USA. Bishop John F. Doerfler who was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop
of Marquette on 11 February, 2014. At 49 years of age Bishop Doerfler is one of
the younger bishops. He has initiated a pastoral
plan for the Diocese seeking to engage the Catholic community in his
vision. Like Bishop Doerfler, Fr Tony
suggested that the Order should adopt a simple, three point plan –
1. Get to know Jesus through prayer,
discernment and participation
2. Make new friends; and
3. Introduce your friends to Jesus
“That’s what we’re called to do. Simple!” he said.
After Mass all present gathered in the Parish hall
to enjoy refreshments and listen to guest speaker, Mr Chris Bergin (pictured right), Director
of Catholic Voices Australia.
Bergin spoke about the three principal aims of Catholic Voices – to train
people to become “Catholic Voices” and address the media and other speaking
engagements; to offer Catholic Voice workshops that explain the “art of good communication”; and to be a
positive presence on social media.
who attended on the day left with a better understanding of the Knights of the
Southern Cross’ role in contributing to the mission of the Catholic Church into