Diocesan husband and wife to represent Australia at the World Meeting of Families
June 12, 2022
New evangelisation, Jude Hennessy, Family and life, Australian bishops
Congratulations and prayers for our diocesan director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Jude Hennessy, and his wife and local diocesan Catholic school teacher, Kerrie Hennessy, as they prepare for their trip to Rome.
Both have been members of the Australian Catholic Life, Marriage and Family Council for the last three years and have now been selected by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to attend the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Rome on behalf of the Australian Catholic Church on 22 June.
As the both told Debbie Cramsie at the Catholic Weekly:
“It is a real honour to be asked, humbling and a little bit daunting,” Mr Hennessy said.
“In saying that, we are passionate about thriving marriages and family life and are eager to hear the experience of families from around the world who are living out their faith.”
Mr and Mrs Hennessy celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary earlier this year, have two adult daughters and a grandchild on the way.
Couldn’t be a better couple in the world to fly the Aussie flag for us!
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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.