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When retirees Chris and Tom Wilson aren’t
teaching English or hymns to Passionist
novices from China and Southeast Asia,
they’re voluntarily coordinating about
500 people across South Australia for
a Passionist lay movement aimed at
strengthening parish communities.
The Glen Osmond parishioners have been
State directors of the Passionist Family
Group Movement for the last 12 years.
The movement aims to better connect
parish families and develop supportive
relationships through monthly social
gatherings, such as dinners or outings like
“It’s really important to be involved in a
community where you are supported and
cared for,” says Chris. “Otherwise I just
don’t understand what the point of being
Chris is also coordinator of the Passionist
Companions at The Monastery, and
teaches and coordinates the English
Language Programme for the novices.
Novices currently studying at The
Monastery are from Papua New Guinea,
Vietnam and China. Chris, a retired school
teacher, has been in the role since 2009.
Tom, a retired public transport planner,
has been teaching the novices singing, as
he plays the organ, and is also a member
of the Knights of the Southern Cross
(SA) Colonel Light Gardens-Goodwood-
The couple (pictured) have a lengthy
record of parish activities across Morphett
Vale, Goodwood, Colonel Light Gardens
and Glen Osmond spanning 40 years,
including: parish council chair people,
parish council members, readers, and
“Faith is important in everything we do,”
says Chris. “Most of our life revolves
around our faith,” she says. “I’m not a holy,
holy, holy person but I try to live my faith in
Married for 45 years, Chris and Tom are
parents to three children and have two
Chris recalls meeting Tom on the June long
weekend 46 years ago at a Young Christian
Workers dance at Marion.
By October they were engaged and
married in January at St Therese’s Church,
Colonel Light Gardens, where they joined
the Passionist Family Group Movement in
Anyone interested in more information
on or in joining the Passionist Family
Group Movement can contact Chris and
Tom Wilson at candtwilson@bigpond.
Glenelg parishioner Sam Krupsky’s
retirement plan includes a two-year course
on ministry formation so he can better
serve his parish when his last working day
“I am not the type that would want to retire
at all, but I do not want to work full time
forever,” says Sam , a 63-year-old business
analyst with a major railway corporation.
“I probably have two to three years of full
time work left in my career and envisage,
with God’s grace, a full and active life in
my later years,” he says.
Sam has a degree in economics (University
of California), a Masters in business
administration (RMIT) and loves working
with statistics and numbers.
He is also chairperson of the Glenelg
parish finance committee and sits on the
parish pastoral council reporting on finance
“My goal is to devote much of my spare
time to the ministries of the church,” says
“My faith, although very personal, is also
very important to me and defines many
aspects of my private life.”
He says his voluntary work through the
Parish and his desire to stay active and
useful when he retires in a few years’ time
prompted him to enrol with the Ministry
Formation Program (MFP) run by the
He enrolled in a course at the urging of
a fellow parishioner and found he really
enjoyed it and the lecturers helped him
to plan his future goals while gaining a lot
from meeting interesting people through
“It’s helped me understand the
‘mechanics’ of how a parish functions
as an organisation and how to provide
parishioners with the organisation, material
and facilities to practice their faith,” says
“It’s been a real eye opener,” he says.
“It’s also helped me appreciate how much
work people like the priests, deacons and
pastoral associates put into keeping the
parish running. I admire them greatly.”
Sam says he is interested in working with
the elderly after volunteering with a senior
citizen’s ministry program.
“The elderly are always so pleasant and
grateful for all that you do for them.”
Sam was born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and migrated to Australia in
1976 to play district basketball on a two-
year contract. He says, at six foot 10, he
played the game from 10 to 32.
Passionate pin-ups for Passionist family groups
Sam’s back to study for parish
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
WORLD YOUTH DAY KRAKOW 2016
Join the diocese of Adelaide & Port Pirie for our pilgrimage to
We invite you young pilgrims as we commence this journey to Krakow, Poland.
This pilgrimage is a sacred time which represents embarking on new relationships,
new understandings and reflection away from the busyness of your life.
It signifies a time to ask questions and seek answers and make the most of
this wonderful opportunity for your own personal growth. Jesus calls you into
relationship with him, through this experience and its continual expression in
your life, church and world.
This worldwide gathering of young people in Krakow, Poland magnifies that you
are not alone. Others join with you in their common belief in Jesus Christ.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT JPII
+ WORLD YOUTH DAY KRAKOW 2016
For further Information contact Sarah Moffatt
08 8301 6866 | email@example.com
WARSAW, POLAND Guided touring to Stare Miasto,
Cathedral of St. John, Lazienki Palace and the Warsaw Ghetto
NIEPOKALANOW Time to visit the Franciscan Friary
CZESTOCHOWA Time to reflect at Jasna Gora and the
KRAKOW Wawel Royal Castle, St Mary’s Church, World Youth
Day 2016 celebrations.
SOSNOWIEC Days in the Diocese
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Visits to The Church Of Our
Lady Of Victory, famous Charles Bridge, Staromestske Square
and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall.
Departs 14 July 2016
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