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Walking the Camino de Santiago
last year gave Madge McGuire the
“thinking time” she needed to plan
the next exciting phase of her life
which sees her working with the
Salesians of Don Bosco in Phnom
The former chief executive officer
of Catherine House for 14 years
had been having discussions about
various jobs in the lead up to the
Camino but nothing had been
“ringing any bells”.
“There was opportunity on the
Camino for a lot of thinking time, a
lot of reflecting. There were fabulous
places for prayer and meditation,
beautiful churches, sanctuaries and
monasteries that millions of pilgrims
have entered the doors before
you – and you have that sense of
oneness,” she said.
“For me it was a very precious time
to think about my sense of call, of
It was after her return to Adelaide
that she saw an ad in her local
parish bulletin calling for volunteers
to work with youth in the Cagliero
project run by the Don Bosco
“A couple of weeks later as I
was having some reflection and
meditation time I remembered the
ad and thought I would check it
She contacted the Salesians in
Melbourne seeking more details
about volunteering, particularly
a project on educating young
women in the Solomon Islands and
another at a hotel training school in
Cambodia. However, given Madge’s
experience at Catherine House,
the Salesians made an offer she
“They asked me if I would be
interested in the role of director
of a new mission initiative, the
establishment of the Don Bosco
Foundation Development and
Planning Office in Phnom Penh.
The volunteer role would involve
helping the leadership team and its
stakeholders develop a five-year
strategic business plan, and at
the same time help them explore
alternate fundraising streams to
ensure a sustainable future.
“As I listened to the scope of the
role... the bells started ringing!” she
Before she left on January 27 for her
12-month adventure, Madge told
The Southern Cross she knew there
would be obstacles – such as the
language – but she felt in Cambodia
she had the “potential to offer
something that could make a lasting
“I’ve never really been to Asia
before, just Nepal (when she trekked
to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2004 as
a fundraiser for Catherine House).
“But often to do something
worthwhile it needs to be big
and you need to be tested and
stretched... and it is only then you
find out new aspects to yourself.”
Making a difference
By Lindy McNamara
The work of six contemporary Dominican
artists from around the world will be on display
in Adelaide during the Fringe as part of an
international celebration of the order’s 800th
It follows the hanging of significant pieces of
artwork for the Dominican Friars at Santa Sabina
in Rome from late 2016 to early 2017.
The Australian Dominican Sisters and Friars
decided to sponsor with ATF Press a similar event
in five cities, including Adelaide.
The exhibition features works by Sheila Flynn,
Mary Horn, Kim En Joong, Maurice Keating
Cristobal Torres and Rosemary Yelland, several of
whom were involved in the Rome exhibition.
Some of the original works will be on sale while
other pieces will be available as quality prints.
The exhibition will be held at Cabra Dominican
College, Cumberland Park, from late Friday
afternoon February 17 to Sunday afternoon
Dominican art on display
St Francis Xavier’s
A 4-part choir is being established in
preparation for the Easter ceremonies
and beyond at St Francis Xavier’s
Rehearsals on Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm
in the Music Room, 39 Wakefield St,
Adelaide, beginning 9 February.
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The beautiful sound of the bells at St Francis
Xavier’s Cathedral will fill the air on the evening of
Monday February 6 as a band of international bell
ringers perform a full peal.
Described as the marathon of bell ringing, the
peal will last more than three hours and will be
the first held at the Cathedral since November
The 12 bells will be rung in strict mathematical
sequence and there will be no interchange
ringers, no memory aids and no breaks. It will
be a physically demanding performance as the
bells range in weight from 150 to 1500kg and are
swung full circle.
Installed in 1996, the Cathedral’s bells include
seven that were originally in St Mary’s Cathedral,
Sydney, with the remaining six (including a
semitone) cast new at the Whitechapel Bell
Foundry in London.
People wishing to attend the peal are encouraged
to bring a rug and sit on the lawns of the Mary
MacKillop Plaza adjacent to the Cathedral.
Bell ringing marathon
The CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice
and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, has
been appointed to an independent advisory
council set up by the Federal Government to
assist in establishing a redress scheme for the
survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
The Attorney-General, George Brandis
announced the 15-member council late last year,
saying it would provide expert advice to the
Commonwealth as it designs and implements the
national redress scheme.
Mr Sullivan said the council was an important
step in developing a nation redress scheme.
“There is now enormous pressure on the
Government to get a national scheme up
and running as soon as possible while at the
same time trying to bring on board all state
governments and institutions,” he said.
TJHC chief on redress council
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