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2 One of the minor prophets;
bringer of misfortune.
8 Representatives; spies.
12 Dash; impetuosity.
13 Given name of an assassinated
15 Musical note.
20 Not applicable (init.); sodium
21 Pertaining to nerves.
24 Former name of Thailand.
27 Pertaining to veins.
29 Above; extra.
2 Connected; enlisted.
3 Take into public ownership.
4 Contest or combat at public
games (L. after Gk).
6 Celestial body.
9 Western Victorian town.
12 First German vessel sunk by
14 Indian state.
17 French city NW of Paris.
18 Lithe; supple; agile.
19 Hard shiny coating.
22 Water vessel.
23 Sage to whom some of the
sayings in Book of Proverbs are
28 Siberian river.
Father Hugh Thomas visited Adelaide last month
for a mission at Morphett Vale parish and to
speak to the local Adoration of the Blessed
Eucharist movement at St Raphael’s Church
The Redemptorist priest has spent the past
10 years regularly visiting Indonesia to set up
more than 30 chapels of perpetual Eucharistic
adoration, an experience he described as
“Indonesia is a very religious country; nearly three
percent are Catholic but that amounts to nearly
eight million people and they are very devout,
for example, a two-day retreat recently attracted
1000 people,” said Fr Thomas.
Born in Melbourne and now based in Sydney, Fr
Thomas has devoted his life to missionary work,
including 22 years in the Philippines.
He said the Australian experience of adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament owed much to Fr Julian
Tenison Woods, the co-founder of the Sisters of
St Joseph. After separating from Mary MacKillop
and forming the Black Josephites order, Fr
Tenison Woods also established the Sisters of
Perpetual Adoration in Brisbane who adored
continuously for 70 years.
Internationally, the movement began in Paris
in 1885 and was reignited by Pope John Paul
II who promoted Adoration at Eucharistic
congresses and encouraged priests to spread
the practice around the world. “In 1989 he visited
South Korea and asked to see all priests in the
country – now there are 77 Adoration of Blessed
Sacrament chapels there,” Fr Thomas said.
In Australia the chapels have tended to be
established in places where there are strong local
lay movements. For example, in Brisbane he was
invited by a committee to help start adoration 24
hours a day, seven days a week in Villa Maria.
Perth has four chapels, Melbourne has one
and Sydney opened its first at Lidcombe last
December. In Adelaide there is adoration at St
Raphael’s Church Parkside five out of seven days
a week including through the night twice a week.
The Adelaide Eucharist Adoration movement
is working towards establishing a perpetual
adoration chapel. Archbishop Wilson has
indicated this can happen when all the necessary
safety measures are in place.
There is also a steady stream of young people
attending Tuesday night adoration in the
Cathedral with Fr Peter Zwaans and there are
regular adoration sessions during the week at
Fr Thomas said the devotion was a good fit with
the Redemptorists charism, with their founder
St Alphonsus Liguori producing the second most
published book in the world (after the Bible)
called Visits of the Blessed Sacrament. The book
is aimed at encouraging busy people to make a
short visit to “where Jesus is” each day.
He said in earliest times there were no churches
and people worshipped in homes or underground
in catacombs, but after Constantine allowed
public worship and the building of churches,
there was a realisation that if the body and
blood of Christ was present during the Mass,
why would this not continue after Mass. “It’s
a fundamental part of our faith,” he explained,
adding it was quite common in his youth to have
40 hours of continuous exposition.
World Youth Day had also played an important
role in promoting perpetual adoration and a lot of
vocations to the priesthood had come from the
movement, said Fr Thomas.
While preaching about the Year of Mercy during
his mission in Morphett Vale, he noted an
increase in the number of people receiving the
sacrament of reconciliation. “The Year of Mercy
and Pope Francis has put a lot of emphasis on
repentance – it’s been a tremendous success,”
“The Pope has set an example by going to
confession himself before the 24 Hours for the
Lord, and has given priests the power to forgive
Information about the Adelaide Eucharistic
Adoration movement including places of
adoration can be found at
word on adoration
DEVOTED: Fr Hugh Thomas (right) and John Middledorp from the Adelaide
Eucharistic Adoration movement with the Blessed Sacrament in St Francis Xavier’s
A parishioner has sent The Southern
Cross an excerpt of a letter from
a friend, a Jesuit priest who has
been transferred from a busy inner
city church to a rural parish in New
South Wales. While others complain
about dwindling numbers at Mass,
he was able to see the importance
of preaching to those who are
keeping the faith. The priest wrote:
“It is very moving to celebrate Mass
in places like these ... There are
only a few people, they feel a bit
apologetic about their numbers (I
don't care, I would come for one
person, I have learnt that it is not
about numbers otherwise I would
have got depressed long ago), and
there they are, mostly old, they have
known one another for decades,
just standing around, not saying
much, talking about the weather,
and the church so clean, the
vestments laundered, even a bowl
of water and towel for the priest
to wash (probably a relic of when
he arrived on a horse!) and a lamb
sandwich to go home with. There is
am aware of, but this so essentially
Australian hospitality in such an
Australian place and their goodness
and age old faith are a tonic for my
The recipient of the letter said she
found it thrilling and inspiring to
see how numbers of worshippers
at Mass do not sadden this priest
because, like Christ, he cares about
each individual and the “sweetness
of their courtesy and the fierceness
of their faith”.
Keeping the faith
Priests and deacons of the Adelaide
Archdiocese will gather at The
Monastery on August 16 and 17 to
build communion in the context of
their pastoral ministry.
Fr Michael Trainor, a member of the
organising committee, said priests
would “reflect on where we are
going as a local Church, how we
can grow in communion as we go
through the process of renewing
He said building up a “spirit of
collegiality” with the Archbishop was
an important part of the diocesan
Presenters will be Melbourne
Vicar General Mgr Greg Bennett
and Adelaide theologian Fr
James McEvoy. They will discuss
the ministry of priests including
centrality of dialogue and the need
for “talking and listening” to others
as “how to respond to what we are
Fr Trainor said there had been a
change in the profile of the ordained
over the past 10 years with a
growing number of international
priests as well as many retiring
priests who were still actively
engaged in the local Church.
Clergy to gather
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