Topic: Australia: What Went Right? What Went Wrong?
Dress: Professional Attire
RSVP: 19 May 2023
Fr Tony will speak about his new book which espouses that nations need strong foundations if they are to endure. Resting on the work of Professor David Kemp’s five volume Australian Liberalism political history series, Tony investigates the liberal intellectual roots of Australia’s democracy and asks what went right and what went wrong. He shows that, by any reasonable measure, the last 120-odd years prove the roots of this nation are strong.
Signed copies of the book “Australia: What Went Right? What Went Wrong?”, will be available for purchase for $25. To learn more about the book click here.
Members and their guests are welcome! Members tickets are complimentary. Guests tickets are available for $132 each (inclusive of gst).
Fr Tony is a priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn. He has held numerous roles in the Church and in 2009 was appointed Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, Sydney and then in 2014 became Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn where he played a major coordinating role in the restoration of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Goulburn, “the world’s only Greenstone Church”. He concluded his time in that role earlier this year.
Fr Tony has a Licentiate and Doctorate from the John Paul II Pontifical Institute, Washington, D.C. After completing an honours degree in Finance from the University of NSW, he studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Manly and was ordained in 1990.
Fr Tony Percy has written widely with publications including “Theology of the Body Made Simple” (2005), “Jesus Christ Yesterday – Today – Forever” (2009), and “Entrepreneurship in the Catholic Tradition” (2010). “Australia: What Went Right? What Went Wrong?” (2022) is his most recent published work.
Catholic Business Connections (CBC) is an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC gathers three times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world. Members are also invited to attend Bishop Brian’s End of Year Thank You Gathering.
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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.