Bishop's Messages

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 ...

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Divine Nativity, 2015.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Grace and mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (2 Tim 1:2)

The Austrian born philosopher and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, (1905-1997) is perhaps most widely remembered for his 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, written in the aftermath of World War II. In 1942, Frankl and his wife were deported to a ghetto by the Nazis, and, that same year, transferred to the death camp at Auschwitz (Poland). The system of death camps and gulags so ...