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I’m settling into my new home here at Saint Bernardine’s Parish, Browns Plains.

Here is my office at the parish taking shape … as I move my stuff from storage at Mum’s (I will have a second office in Brisbane itself, but that’s still a work in progress as the tribunal will be shifting over the next couple of months):


And here is the “presbytery gang” of Saint Bernardine’s – Innocent (our seminarian here on pastoral internship), myself, and Fr Francis (the P.P.):


And, the delicious food that Innocent prepared for us tonight:


Yesterday I posted some photos of the outside of Saint Bernardine’s Church, Regents Park.

Below are a few shots of the interior.

I’m not entirely up with the parish’s history yet, but my memory says that the Browns Plains Parish was established in the 1980s.  Prior to the establishment of the Parish, the Park Ridge Church (which is still in the parish) was at one time served by priests from Sunnybank parish.  With the establishment of the parish, Regents Park became the centre with a school, church, parish office and presbytery.  The parish has the two station churches: Our Lady of the Assumption at Park Ridge, and Saint Catherine’s at Jimboomba.

The altar and ambo of Saint Bernardine’s Church:


The font:


A beautiful carved statue of Our Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus:


The Blessed Sacrament Chapel:


A few more photos can be found here.

Today I began moving some of my things to my new home at Regents Park, in Browns Plains Parish.

My first Masses here will be on the weekend, so I have a few days to get settled a bit.

And, as is plainly obvious, the first thing I got sorted was the internet!  Clothes and books can wait.

Here are a few photos …

Saint Bernardine’s Church – Regents Park:



The view from the door of the church:


The pavement of the church porch:


And, the parish office and presbytery – my new home (a home ‘among the gum trees’):


First good snowfall

Overnight from Sunday to Monday we had our first decent snowfall here in Ottawa.  I have been looking forward to seeing some snow before I go home!

Here are a couple of shots …




Some more photos here.



On average, there are 3,300 abortions EVERY DAY in the United States — but that daily number goes up on Saturdays, the busiest day of the week at many abortion centers.

Today’s prayer intention: We pray for a flowering of the joy of parenthood.

Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for
granted the gift of children. Help us to remember
this heritage that you have given us. Make us
faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each
generation might be raised in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Yesterday, students from my school – Saint Paul University, Ottawa – took our turn [with a few other helpers too!] to fill the slots on the vigil roster for praying at the downtown abortion mill during the 40 Days for Life.  I also took one of the slots for proclaiming the Scriptures.  Here in Ottawa during the 40 Days for Life, the Bible is proclaimed from beginning to end where we pray over the road from the abortion mill.  It was very cold yesterday morning, and on my way home after praying we actually had snow (although I hear that snow has fallen in odd parts of Australia in recent days – odd for this time of year – so I suppose news of snow is no big deal to those back home)!  Here’s a photo of me from yesterday during the Proclamation of the Word:

12 October 2012: Proclamation of the Word at the 40 Days for Life at 65 Bank Street, Ottawa. With thanks to Maureen Ward for the photo.

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I was very pleased that I could join the celebrations last night for the third year anniversary of the recommencement of perpetual adoration at Villa Maria, Brisbane.

Following the recitation of the rosary, Fr Gregory Jordan SJ gave an informative homily, answering the question of why we have eucharistic adoration, and why perpetual adoration.  Benediction followed, and then many of those present enjoyed supper.

The presence of perpetual adoration is a great blessing for our Archdiocese, and indeed for all those who take part.  It must be very pleasing to the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to see their charism continuing, and drawing many to adore Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Congratulations go to the organizers of perpetual adoration at Villa Maria, and above all: thanks be to God!

You might be interested in becoming involved with perpetual adoration at Villa Maria.  Find out more at:

Inside the chapel at Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

It was a glorious Autumn day in Brisbane today, a perfect day to be out and about.

Early this morning I joined the pro-life rosary procession through the Roma Street Parklands.   During the procession we pray a couple of decades of the rosary over the road from the abortuary on Wickham Terrace.   The next procession is Saturday 16 June.   Please join us as we pray for hearts to change, and for the precious gift of life to be accepted.  Join the facebook group:

I then took a drive down to Marian Valley for the anticipated celebrations of the Solemnity of Our Lady, Help of Christians, patroness of Australia (and patroness of the Marian Valley Shrine).  Bishop Jarrett of Lismore (and our apostolic administrator during the sede vacante period of the Archdiocese of Brisbane) was the principal celebrant of the Mass, assisted by Bishop Oudeman, one of our auxiliary bishops, and another visiting bishop from overseas.  I had a nice spot under a Jacaranda tree to hear confessions.   Marian Valley is a beautiful setting, made even more beautiful today by the sounds of the enthusiastic singing of the visiting pilgrims.   It is a peaceful oasis where many come to worship the Lord in the sacred mysteries, and to celebrate especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!

Approaching the church, Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

A few photos

Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, Kentucky

I haven’t had any success adding photos to Facebook, but I have just uploaded the first batch of photos to Flickr.

The photos are of the first day-and-a-bit of the pilgrimage, from Ottawa to Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky.

Gethsemani is a community of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (commonly known as the Trappists).  Thomas Merton was a member of the Gethsemani community.


I never knew that watching snow melt and go down the drain could bring so much joy!  Some might suggest that it’s a bit like watching paint dry or like watching the grass grow, but no, it’s altogether different!

The still photos don’t quite do it justice, but that snow is melting and running away …

We can’t really complain, as it’s been a very mild winter here in Ottawa this year, compared with last year.  All the same, it is great to see that snow go down the drain.



Greetings from the big-smoke of Toronto!  I met all my (self-nominated) deadlines for writing my seminar paper, so I’ve cleared out of sleepy Ottawa for a few days to the bright lights of Toronto.

It’s rather chilly, as the wind is blowing (minus 15 says one report).  Although, it was pretty chilly in Ottawa this morning too: the report said minus 19 (wind chill feels like minus 30).

My view for the next few days:

I took a stroll after I arrived:

The space between these buildings had been enclosed: a warm refuge on a cold night:

And the famous CN Tower:

I’ve also just put the rest of the photos from today on Flickr.