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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 15  |  18 August 2014
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The Bishop David L Walker Library in the Caroline Chisholm Centre at Pennant Hills will be celebrating Book Week from 18 - 22 August 2014.

Each year, schools and libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, authors and illustrators with a variety of activities designed to bring the world of reading to life.

This year’s theme, Connect to Reading – Reading to Connect, invites us all to reacquaint ourselves with our local library, and make some time in our busy lives to rediscover the joys of reading.


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The Diocese of Broken Bay is delighted to host a Bible Conference on the Gospel of John on 12-13 September 2014 at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills. The Conference brings together Australian biblical scholars Rev Professor Francis Moloney SDB and Associate Professor Mary Coloe PBVM, who together with Bishop David Walker will lead a journey through the Gospel of John.

The conference, “The Gospel of John – Joy Made Complete”, will draw on current scholarship to uncover fresh new insights into this text with leading Johannine scholars. This conference follows on from last year’s successful Bible Conference on St Luke.

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In its best ever turn out over these last four years St Paul's Catholic College, Manly, proudly entered a team of 40 made up of teachers, students and their families in the recent Manly Scenic Fun Run and Walk 5km race.

Just under $4,000 was raised by the team topped up by an additional $1,000 for winning the highest school team fundraiser – the College thrilled to have taken this award out for the fourth consecutive year. From St Paul’s it was Flynn Capell, a Year 8 student, who raised the highest amount of just over $500.

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Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Australia, is celebrating 50 years of standing in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Caritas Australia started in the early 1960s among lay Catholics who wanted to make a difference on issues of social justice. To tackle the issues of hunger and poverty, they created the Catholic Overseas Relief Committee in 1964.

The same year parishes collected money to assist a Diocesan Priest working in Peru, Latin America and the Newman Institute conducted a parish-based Lenten appeal across Adelaide, raising nearly 1000 pounds for a deep-sea fishing boat for First Australian communities off Bathurst Island.

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“A true ministry of presence”. This is what Robyn Rosina describes as her vocation.

Robyn is part of a team of Pastoral Care Practitioners across the Diocese of Broken Bay who visit catholic patients in hospital, providing a compassionate ear to listen during their stay.

The Pastoral Care team, coordinated by CatholicCare, visit any patient in hospital who has identified as Catholic and indicate they would like to talk with someone. Most patients have a terminal diagnosis or are seriously ill, but could also be coming to terms with other serious health news, be grieving the loss of a child or family member to illness.

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The postgraduate Theology programs, offered by the University of Newcastle in partnership with The Broken Bay Institute, have experienced a 250% enrolment growth in the last 12 months and now boast over 1,300 students. The Master of Theology program is the largest postgraduate program at UON.

The University of Newcastle’s GradSchool started taking enrolments for the postgraduate Theology programs in November 2013.

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Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood student Marlisa Punzalan is making a name for herself on Channel 7 talent show The X Factor this year.

The 14 year old is one of the finalists and is proving that she is one to beat in the competition.

Since making her debut Marlisa said she had been ­receiving lots of emails and text messages and has been congratulated after being recognised by strangers.

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