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The newly-appointed chair of the task
force charged with producing a plan for the
renewal of the Archdiocese, Greg Crafter,
says it is vital that the Church remains
contemporary and relevant.
“The Church must add in a very real way to
people’s lives,” he told The Southern Cross
following his appointment to the New
Directions Task Force last month.
“While the Church is currently facing
many challenges it is also playing a role in
society that is more important than ever
through its involvement in Catholic health,
education and human services, all of which
are expanding rapidly.”
Mr Crafter (pictured), a former State
Government education minister, has a
deep involvement in the life of the Church
both locally and nationally. A Norwood
parishioner, he chairs the Diocesan
Finance Council and the Knights of Malta,
is a member of the national board of
Calvary Hospitals and a member of the
Truth, Justice and Healing Council.
New Directions is the program initiated
by the Archdiocese following the visit
to Adelaide last year of organisational
consultant Father David Couturier
OFM. Fr Couturier made a number of
recommendations to the Archbishop
and the Vicar General, including the
establishment of a task force to oversee
the development of a pastoral plan.
Mr Crafter said a forum held at the German
Club in November was a “very positive
beginning to this program,” and indicated
the “depth of commitment to renewal
among our parishes and dioceses”.
The forum was attended by about 200
members of the laity, clergy and Religious
who had heard presentations by
Fr Couturier during his visit.
“I am looking forward to working with the
task force and moving around the diocese
to engage with parishioners and our priests
and Religious, to build on the wonderful
insights given to us by Fr Couturier,”
Mr Crafter said.
“Our diocese is blessed with a strong
commitment to the role of the laity in the
life of the Church.”
The task force is expected to produce a
plan for the renewal of the Archdiocese
within 18 months. Its terms of reference
and composition are still being finalised.
Another key recommendation of
Fr Couturier was the broadening of
theological education. Two short courses
will be run by the Australian Catholic
University Adelaide campus in May and
August under the respective themes
of Exploring the Life and Ministry of
Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus’ Identity
and Reconciling Action. They will be
coordinated by Fr Denis Edwards.
In addition, Fr James McEvoy will conduct
four theology forums: Secularisation and
the Gospel; Pope Francis on transforming
parishes and on the Church of the poor;
Lay leadership in the Catholic Church;
and Welcoming young adults and young
families. Dates are yet to be determined.
Visit www.adelaide.catholic.org.au for
Crafter to steer New Directions
By Jenny Brinkworth
MASS APPEAL: More than six million people gathered in Manila last month to attend what is thought to be the largest Papal Mass in history. Vatican spokesman, Fr
Federico Lombardi SJ, said Filipino authorities estimated between six and seven million attended the Mass in Rizal Park on the last full day of the Pope’s four-day visit to
Asia’s largest Catholic nation. Celebrating the feast of the Santo Niño, or Holy Child, Francis described the Christ Child as “the protector of this great country”.
Lofty aims for Cathedral project
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Mr Tredrea said one of the main aims of
the project was to ensure that when the
pipe organ is installed it was in keeping
with the rest of the Cathedral. The timber
casework and the decorative pipes will
reflect historic design elements from other
parts of the building.
During the pipe organ installation,
expected to commence in early July, there
will be close collaboration between the
building team and Wakeley Pipe Organs
which has responsibility for installing and
tuning the pipe organ.
The pipe organ will arrive in July and the
Cathedral is expected to re-open at the
end of September. St Patrick’s Church,
Grote Street, will be the main place of
worship for the parish during the closure.
A Cathedral appeal committee chaired
by Mark Booth is overseeing fundraising
activities which will involve parishes,
schools and the wider community.
Mr Booth said the generosity of individuals
and families from the Catholic community
had enabled the first stage of the
restoration project to get underway.
Salem Tredrea and Anthony Battaglia
with the plans for the choir loft.
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