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Articles in Category: Bishop Peter Ingham

Feast of the Holy Innocents

28 December 2010

Reparation for Sins Against Human Life (28 December)
Life must be promoted and its sanctity defended against every threat of violence in its many forms, especially violence against the weakest – the elderly, the dying, women, children, the disabled and the unborn....

Closure of Kerever Park Spirituality Centre

19 December 2010

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Peter celebrated Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the closure of the RSCJ Spirituality Centre, Burradoo, Southern Highlands

While we often wonder how relevant is Christ the King today in democratic countries, we saw the media...

Catechist Sunday 2010

14 November 2010


I am delighted to be able to promote Catechist Sunday in our Diocese of Wollongong. What's Catechist Sunday about? Well, it gives us all the opportunity to stop and think about the incredible work of the Catechists in our Diocese, who generously dedicate themselves to spending...

St Mary MacKillop - Thanksgiving Mass

10 November 2010

When it was announced that we were to celebrate, as a Diocese, the Canonisation of our first Australian Saint in over 2,000 years of Christianity on 31 October, someone said to me, "31 October, that's Halloween!"

I said, "Precisely – because from the 8th Century, the Church Christianised...

A Thoroughly Good Woman

29 October 2010

At her funeral Mass, Cardinal Patrick Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, said: "Few, if any foundresses, have been permitted to see their work grow as Mother Mary of the Cross had in her lifetime." Visiting her, prior to her death, the Cardinal had said, "I have just assisted at the deathbed of a...


14 October 2010

Sadly, euthanasia is again becoming the focus of discussion and debate, both in the national parliament and the wider society.

Life is a precious gift from God, to be cherished and protected from the moment of conception through to natural death. In fact, the right to life is the most...

Mary MacKillop - One of our own in heaven

13 October 2010

There is a property called Kalaurgan House at Moss Vale in the NSW Southern Highlands that was rented by Blessed Mary MacKillop for three of her sisters. Records show: "In February 1884, a meeting was held by the area's Catholics to establish in that house a school conducted by the Sisters of St...

Changes to the Mass - the new Missal

05 September 2010

There will be a new English translation of the Missal in our churches by the end of 2011. This is part of the ongoing renewal of the liturgy which began prior to the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. After Vatican II, a new Latin Missal was produced which contained many changes to the Mass and...

A Fleeting Glimpse of Glory called “The Reign of God”

29 August 2010

This past month, I have been part of Jubilee celebrations for some Priests and Religious men and women. Later in the year, we have the annual diocesan celebration for couples with significant anniversaries of the day they were married: 25, 40, 50, 60 years ago.

Such celebrations are always...

When Trust is Broken: the Journey Ahead Together

17 July 2010

Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Over recent months the extent of sexual abuse of children and young people by Catholic clergy has shocked communities across the world, including communities in Australia. More recently, our Diocese of...

Reflection on the Immaculate Heart

08 June 2010

Readings: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Initially what a contrast – the Immaculate Mary; adultery and murder committed by King David; the sinful woman scandalising the Pharisee – yet is it?
The same God who loved Mary into bearing the Saviour through the power of the...

FCBCO Opening Mass Homily

11 May 2010

Two men, both seriously ill occupied the same hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all of his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on...

Oceania Bishops meet in Sydney

29 April 2010

"Real Issues of Oceania in the Light of God's Word and Sacraments"
Oceania Bishops meet in Sydney in May 2010
Catholic Bishops from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and other countries in the Pacific – the Mariana Islands, Guam,...

Media Release - 29 April 2010

29 April 2010

This morning Kelvin Sharkey appeared in the Wollongong District Court to be sentenced, following his pleading guilty to three offences relating to the sexual abuse of a minor between the years 1969 and 1975.

In relation to each of two offences, Kelvin Sharkey received a sentence of...

Concern for our Religious freedoms

22 April 2010

In Australia, it seems true to say that we enjoy a tolerance that values difference and diversity. We believe popularly in giving everyone a "fair go!" Like you, I try to read and hear the news critically so I'll know what's going on and make my own assessment about what I hear and see. However,...

Anzac Day and Easter

21 April 2010

ANZAC Day (25 April) occurs this year on a Sunday but does not replace the Fourth Sunday of Easter in the liturgical calendar. Nevertheless its Easter themes will be most appropriate for this day of remembrance – both the Good Shepherd of the gospel and the vision of the...

Trial of Ethics Course

15 April 2010

Bishop Peter Ingham on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of NSW on the trial of an Ethics Course during Special Religious Education (SRE) time during Term 2, 2010.

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New Primary School Named

25 March 2010

New Fairy Meadow School to be called 'Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School.'

The Bishop of Wollongong, the Most Reverend Peter Ingham DD, has announced that the name of the new Catholic Primary School to be formed from the amalgamation of Saint Francis Xavier's...

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