Catholic Business Connections hosts first luncheon
February 19, 2019
Community and Development
The diocese’s new group, Catholic Business Connections, held its inaugural luncheon today at Rydges Hotel in Campbelltown. Nearly 50 members and guests networked, enjoyed a delicious meal and were inspired by a presentation on “Trust and Integrity” by guest speaker Robert Fitzgerald AM.
Robert shared the insights he has gained during his many professional experiences including that as a commissioner. He reflected that in a world where institutions are increasingly being called to account for their actions, and needed to build trust again, the key to this was personal integrity. And what does this look like? In the words of Micah, “Act with justice, love with tenderness and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
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.