There is a great variety of communities, associations and ecclesial movements present in the diocese. With distinct charisms, missions and expressions of faith, all strive to follow God, faithful to their particular calling.
This is often expressed in communal prayer, shared life and works of mercy within the community at large. These communities enrich the life of the Church in the diocese.
Communities, associations and ecclesial movements
Australian Catholic Cursillo Movement
Cursillo is a movement that focuses on helping each person to discover themselves, their relationship with Christ and with others.
Dedicated to building a culture of life with a particular focus on women and children, promoting and supporting the formation of women, upholding the dignity of women through education. Liaises with other faith communities on social justice and ethical issues and support vocations to the priesthood, religious life and single life as well as to Christian marriage and family.
A body of families, singles and priests who have come together under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to live a common life of prayer, sharing and service. It is a member of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships.
Lay women and men sharing in the life and commitments of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan by meeting monthly to study the rule of St Benedict, the Psalms and the Scriptures and to pray for the needs of the Diocese.
Lay men and women who form an integral part of the Carmelite family and try to live out the Carmelite way of life in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life. Communities meet at least once a month for prayer and formation in Carmelite Spirituality.
A spiritual society that participates in home visitation, reciting the rosary before funerals, bringing Holy Communion to the sick, and supporting parish life through many other activities. Members participate in weekly meetings of prayer, reports and discussion.
A "Post Baptismal Catechumenate" within the Catholic Church dedicated to Christian formation. It is not a movement or an association, but an instrument in parishes at the service of the bishop as a form of Christian initiation and of ongoing education in faith.
Contact: Mario Berry.
Order of the Secular Franciscans—Illawarra and Macarthur
Founded by St Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. Members are lay men and women who gather regularly in fraternity professing to live the Gospel in the manner of St Francis of Assisi by following the Rule of Life.
Lay men and women (and diocesan clergy) who share the same charism as the Discalced Carmelite Friars and Sisters—the same traditions, the same call to holiness and the same apostolic mission—not in a monastic community but in the world.
The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross is a national organisation of Catholic laymen guided by the virtues of prudence, faith, justice, fortitude and temperance in all its charitable works. It strives to serve the wider community and support those in need.
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.