Bishop's Messages

A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2017

Even a casual survey of our society suggests that there has been a blurring of seasonal time and of place. We no longer buy foodstuffs when they are in season because occasional goods are in the supermarkets all year. Modern transport means that roses picked in South America can be given to someone special here in Australia within twenty-four hours. The seven-day working week does not allow for a Sabbath together. There is no longer a common day of rest for individuals or families.

Pastoral Letter Year of Grace 2017

Many thousands of years ago, our remote ancestors looked skyward and there began an enduring fascination with the movement of the heavens. We could say that once we looked above the horizon, Humankind became Astronomical Man, homo astronomicus, star-gazing man. And, of course, it was soon obvious that the apparent movement of the heavens was related to events here on earth.

Christmas Pastoral Letter

We live in a visual age. That which is seen has become more important than what is heard. The message often becomes lost in a plethora of images and vision snippets. We have but to think of the election campaigns of both candidates in the recent United States presidential elections. During the lead up to the ballot there was a merging of image and message into a constant bombardment of slogans repeated day and night as media mantra. And this is hardly confined to the United States.

A Pastoral Letter on the upcoming Federal Election 2016

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mat 22:21)

To cast a vote in a community election – local, state or federal – is both a right and a duty. It offers us, as Christians, an opportunity to shape the moral character of the society in which we live.

A Pastoral Letter for Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2016.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Let us reclaim the Feast of Feasts, lest Jesus weeps over us as He wept over Jerusalem!

The society in which we live is one dominated by visual images; the literary or linguistic component of the message has become secondary. Look at any successful advertisement in the press – the image, usually an award-level photograph provides the important information supported only by a brief written message ...