The Southern Cross : March 2010
The Southern Cross March 2010 Page 3 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Authorised by CSF Pty Limited ABN 30 006 169 286, Trustee of Catholic Super ABN 50 237 896 957. Information is about the Fund and is not intended as financial advice. It does not take into account specific needs, so members should consider their personal position, objectives and requirements before taking any action. National Catholic Superannuation Fund Catholic Super and National Catholic Superannuation Fund are merging into one fund on March 31 2010. The merged fund will continue its dedication to the Australian Catholic community with strong investments and personal attentive service. The new fund will continue to be a low-fee, not-for-profit industry super fund, that does not pay commissions, invests responsibly and provides unbiased financial advice to its members. For more information about the merger of Catholic Super and National Catholic Superannuation Fund go to www.merger.ncsf.csf.com.au. If you would prefer to telephone us call 1300 550 273 or 1300 655 002. Honouring the Past, Building the Future AS NE By Rebecca DiGirolamo A former school teacher initiated into the secret spiritual rituals of indigenous men will lead the South Australian Catholic Church's Aboriginal ministr y into the 21st centur y. Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson last month appointed John Lochowiak chairman of the Aboriginal Catholic Advisor y Council for the next five years. Former chair woman Shirley Peisley retired from the position late last year. "Mr Lochowiak is a Wadi (initiated man) and has strong ties to many language groups throughout Australia but not limited to Pitjantjatjara and Arerrnte," said Vicar-General Monsignor David Cappo in a written statement. "His appointment signals a new era in the histor y of Aboriginal Catholic Ministr y..., which is based at the Other way Centre, St Peters," he said. Mr Lochowiak said his priority was to emphasise the Other way Centre as the spiritual and cultural hub of Aboriginal Catholics and to ensure the completion of a chapel for the centre. "One of the key things on my mind is to create a place of unity for Aboriginal people," he said. "We need a place where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can come and mix, unite and heal together." The Other way Centre was established in St Joseph's Church in Pirie St, Adelaide, 30 years ago and was moved to St Peters last year. The ministr y has in the past ser ved indigenous people, prisoners, homeless, vulnerable people and refugees. Mr Lochowiak will soon oversee the appointment of an Aboriginal Pastoral Worker to help establish and co-ordinate sacramental and pastoral programs for Catholic Aborigines in the diocese. The father of four was born in Coober Pedy to a Polish father and Aboriginal mother, Mabel Walker. He grew up around and is par t of four generations of Walkers involved in the Other way Centre. He has taught at the Institute for Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs and at Rostrevor College, where he established a spor ting academy for indigenous youth. Mr Lochowiak has been the deputy chairman of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council for the past three years and is the indigenous af fairs manager for mining and construction company Thiess. When he was a teenager he was taken into the bush for several months as par t of a traditional rite into manhood. "It was ver y spiritually and physically challenging," he said of the secret ritual. Mr Lochowiak and his family par ticipated in a recent Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the ser vice given by Ms Peisley to the Aboriginal ministr y. The Mass led by Archbishop Philip Wilson was held at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Februar y 21. Ms Peisley said the highlight of her 16-year career at the Other way Centre was helping establish it as the "first home for Aboriginal people to go into the church in Adelaide". She said working with the priest and the people to build an Aboriginal Catholic community open to people of all colours, cultures and religion had been rewarding. Wadi heads Aboriginal ministry Former chairwoman of the Aboriginal Catholic Advisory Council Shirley Peisley and Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson. Photos: Tony Lewis HOLY SMOKE: Year 11 Rostrevor College student Alvin Pascoe and John Lochowiak, the newly appointed chairman of the Aboriginal Catholic Advisory Council, participate in a smoking ceremony at a recent Mass at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, in Adelaide. Right: Rostrevor College indigenous students and community leaders with Archbishop Wilson and Monsignor Cappo.