10th World Meeting of Families: The heart of the Catholic faith
June 23, 2022
Jude Hennessy, Family and life
The day before the official commencement of the 10th World Meeting of Families (WMOF22), our very own Jude and Kerrie Hennessy met with her Excellency Chiara Porro, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See at Domus Australia in Rome. Fr Bob Hayes officially welcomed them to Domus Australia on behalf of Archbishop Anthony Fischer after Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, led the gathering in prayer.
Ms Porro then noted that it had been some time since Australians had been able to travel freely to the eternal city because of the pandemic and thanked all of the delegates for coming to Rome to contribute to and be formed by the content of the WMOF. She noted how at the heart of the Catholic faith were catholic families, who in building up the family were nurturing young and old alike and strengthening society in many vital ways. She pointed out how having the Abdullah family as part of the delegation and them having the opportunity to share their story with the Church and the world more broadly, would be a powerful message of forgiveness.
Bishop Tarabay thanked the Ambassador for her words of encouragement and highlighted how the Family truly is a Vocation and path to holiness, and while there is no such thing as a perfect family, it in the midst of those imperfections we learn to live with grace, with mercy and with forgiveness. Bishop Tarabay concluded by noting that forgiveness is a medicine, but one we must give to others so that all can get well and be healed.
Jude and Kerrie Hennesy then gathered for light refreshments along with Bishop Richard Umbers, and Michael Digges Executive Director, Administration & Finance for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
You can follow along and watch all the events and festivities below:
Jude & Kerrie Hennessy Meet with the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.