Bishop blesses newly renovated offices in Wollongong
May 27, 2021
Office of the Bishop, Bishop Brian Mascord
Staff from the Office of the Bishop, Catholic Development Fund, Marriage Tribunal, CeNet and Cathedral Books and Gifts were joined by representatives from CatholicCare and Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong yesterday for the official blessing by Bishop Brian Mascord of the newly renovated Xavier Centre offices and conference centre in Wollongong.
The renovations were undertaken during the COVID lockdown period in 2020 and staff moved into their new spaces at Easter this year.
It was a beautiful time of prayer and thanksgiving together followed by a wonderful meal of fellowship. Bishop Brian honoured those before us who lived and worked in this space, including the traditional custodians—the Dharwal peoples; pioneer priest—Fr John Rigney and the parish pioneer families; the Good Samaritan Sisters—Mother Angela Carroll, Srs Casimir Callachor, Augustine Donovan, Philomena Maloney and de Sales Maloney; Bishops Thomas McCabe, William Murray, Philip Wilson, Peter Ingham and support staff who have worked in the building over the years.
A big thanks to all at the Office of the Bishop that helped make the blessing such a grace-filled occasion. May we never forget the honour it is to work from the people of God in the Diocese of Wollongong and me we live the words of blessing from Bishop Brian in our beautiful new workplace: “We gather in this sacred space to remind ourselves that Jesus is the heart and inspiration of all our endeavours, where we know and learn to be ‘Bearers of Christ’s Love’.”
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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.