The Southern Cross : October 2010
The Southern Cross October 2010 Page 23 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news The Therry Dramatic Society has secured the production rights to Agatha Christie's theatrical phenomenon The Mousetrap. The Society will stage the Australian première at the Arts Theatre next September in a two-week season, with the prospect of extension if audience demand is strong. In London's West End, The Mousetrap has recorded more than 24,000 performances to date. It opened in 1952, with Richard Attenborough (now Lord Attenborough) in the lead, and has been running ever since. "This is a real coup," says the Society's president, Jill Bartlett. "We enquired about rights for a Christie classic and we were told The Mousetrap was becoming available for the first time -- so we leapt at the prospect." Therry's achievement was announced during a ceremony on September 7 to open its new headquarters at Regina Court, Beverley. The building -- a former warehouse on a light industrial estate -- has been purchased with assistance from the Catholic Development Fund. Members also rallied to the cause with tax-deductible donations. The premises were blessed by Archbishop Philip Wilson and Monsignor Vincent Tiggeman, who concelebrated Mass. An audience of 150 saw life memberships conferred on Sr Kathryn Travers, Sue Moyle, Linda Statton and Don Oswald. In addition to The Mousetrap, the society's 2011 season will offer: Breaker Morant by Kenneth Ross, directed by Ian Rigney; George and Ira Gershwin's musical Crazy For You, directed by David Sinclair; and The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell, directed by Loriel Smart, a story of love and friendship. ̨ Therry membership inquiries can be directed to Claire Leahy on 8443 6521. Book launch The recently launched publication, Priests of Australia, will help Catholics continue to appreciate the life of those called to the priesthood, says Monsignor Rob Egar. The publication compiled by the Pilgrims Quest committee, which includes Mgnr Egar, Ros Rowett and Matthew Retallick, documents two centuries of priestly ministry in Australia. Speaking at the launch at Sacred Heart College recently, Archbishop Wilson welcomed the publication by quoting Pope John Paul II: "Without priests the Church would not be able to live that fundamental obedience that is the very heart of our existence, an obedience in response to the command of Christ ... do this in memory of me." Mgr Egar spoke of the need to make known the benefits brought to Catholics and the wider Australian community through the ministry of the pioneer priests and their successors as well as the visionary faith of seminarians today. He said the media had helped reveal the serious failings of some clergy. "The healing of the victims of abuse must be given top priority in the Church and these awful scandals must not be allowed to define the role of the priesthood now and into the future," he said. Fr Brendan Lane, the Rector of Corpus Christi Seminary Melbourne, Elizabeth Young, a Mercy Sister Novice, Libby and Andrew Kirkbride, a married couple with three children and Anthony Lindblom, a seminarian for the Adelaide Archdiocese formed a panel to discuss priesthood and vocations. "World Youth Day has been inspiring a new wave of men and women seeking to serve the Church and the wider world," said Fr Brendan who works with 50 seminarians who he described as "men with a positive view of our Catholic faith and the contribution the Church can bring to people and communities today". Anthony Lindblom spoke of the "ever present mist of meaninglessness that young people experience". "Priesthood can be seen, in this context, as a vocation that enables others to discern, name and live their vocation." Mgr Egar said he hoped that Priests of Australia would be of great value to parishes and schools in helping to create an ambience of optimism where priests and priestly vocations were concerned. "Readers will discover that the stories and the glossary at the end of the book provide a very good mixture of the heart and the head that can inspire our imagination. In short, Priests of Australia can help to dispel the malaise that seems to pervade many people where the future of the priesthood and consequently the Eucharist is concerned." ̨ The book is available from Pilgrims Quest, PO Box 135 Parkholme or email firstname.lastname@example.org Clergy moves Father Philip Marshall has taken up full time responsibilities as a second Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Vicar General Monsignor David Cappo said Fr Marshall would have a major presence in the Leap Ahead strategy for the future wellbeing of the Archdiocese. Fr Anthoni Adimai SdM has been appointed Administrator of the Hectorville and Tranmere parishes until a parish priest is appointed to replace Fr Marshall. Monsignor Cappo also announced that Fr Richard Greenslad LC had been appointed to assist Fr Richard Morris in Mount Gambier until November this year while Fr Morris took on the position of Archdiocesan chaplain for the Mary MacKillop canonisation celebrations, with particular emphasis on the activities in Penola. In other clergy news, Fr Laurie McNamara CM is acting as temporary Administrator of Brighton and Hallet Cove parishes while Monsignor Ian Dempsey is on long service leave. Fr Mark Nugent CP will also assist with Masses in these parishes until Monsignor Dempsey returns on November 19. Therry springs The Mousetrap LIFE OF DRAMA: Four new life members were inducted at the blessing of the new Therry Society headquarters recently. They are, from left: Sister Kathryn Travers (at the microphone) Sue Moyle, Don Oswald and Linda Statton. CATHOLIC CHARITIES ANNIVERSARY: A Mass to celebrate the commencement of 70 years serving the poor was held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on August 31. The Mass was celebrated by the Vicar General, Monsignor David Cappo supported by Archbishop Emeritus Leonard Faulkner, Father John Chambers, Monsignor Vincent Tiggeman and other priests of the Archdiocese. Students from St Michael's College presented the Gifts. Craig Battams, Principal of St Patrick's Special School, Greg Crafter and Bernie Victory were readers and commentator. Following the Mass, the gathering enjoyed hot soup and bread rolls, prepared by the Hutt Street Centre. Pictured with Archbishop Faulkner and Monsignor Cappo are James Williams, Sally Telford and Emma Scala.