Ordination to the priesthood of Rev James Arblaster
Date: Saturday 10 December, 2022
Venue: St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow.
All are invited to the ordination to the priesthood of Rev James Arblaster on Saturday 10 December at 10.00am at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow.
There will be allocated space (on a first come, first served basis) in the co-cathedral for the faithful across the diocese to join James, his family and friends, and clergy from our diocese and beyond to celebrate this joyous day in the life of the diocese.
We’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure the ordination is an enriching experience for everyone who would like to participate. For those who are unable to attend, the ordination will be livestreamed on our diocesan Youtube Channel (also available below).
Please keep James in your prayers as he moves towards this important day and into his life as priest in the service of God’s people.
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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.