By Fr Richard Thompson VG" />


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  • Anna 4 weeks

    So true, these young migrant priests have given up so much to come here – family connections, faith communities and cultural life. The expectations set by Australian Bishops to be “evangelists” in small rural and Coastal towns is, at times, difficult, and sometimes a very lonely transition for the new immigrants. These “new” missionaries and shepherds bring many gifts to the Australian Church but they also inevitably change church dynamics by bringing with them their own cultures, politics and theologies. Acculturation and rigorous processes do not always translate into a success story. 
    For too long now the Australian Church has lost its own identity with the decline in participation of Anglo-Celtic Catholics , and priests. Our Church has become increasingly diverse and complex, our culture and traditions have become but a shadow for many people who remain faithful, while our church leaders continue their mission to mirror the International ( Catholic) Church.