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Father Bob Sheridan, Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath Father Bob Sheridan, Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath

Seventy-five might be the normal retiring age for Catholic priests but at 77, Father Robert Sheridan has no intention of stepping aside. ...

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Fr Paddy Sykes, Senior Chaplain Royal Australian Navy, Command Chaplaincy Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, NSW Fr Paddy Sykes, Senior Chaplain Royal Australian Navy, Command Chaplaincy Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, NSW

Coming from a non-military background and only recently ordained, Chaplain Paddy Sykes admits he had to struggle to "find something meaningful to say" in 1996 when he was unexpectedly asked to deliver a homily on Anzac Day at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Griffith where he was serving as assistant priest. ...

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Fr Sacha Bermudez-Goldman SJ, Director of Jesuit Refugee, Services Australia Fr Sacha Bermudez-Goldman SJ, Director of Jesuit Refugee, Services Australia

When Nicaraguan-born, American-educated Fr Sacha Bermudez-Goldman SJ was ordained in Melbourne on June 30 2007, Jesuit Bishop Greg O'Kelley described him as an "irredeemable optimist who would have admired the iceberg that sank the Titanic." ...

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Father Andrew Grace, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Griffith and Member of the Military Ordinariate Father Andrew Grace, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Griffith and Member of the Military Ordinariate

Two near fatal car crashes have played pivotal roles in Fr Grace's life. Although the first crash occurred several years before his birth, it would influence his life and his faith. ...

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Fr Chris Ryan, Rector of the Missionaries of God's Love (MGL) Seminary, Victoria Fr Chris Ryan, Rector of the Missionaries of God's Love (MGL) Seminary, Victoria

From July 2007 until July 2008, Fr Chris Ryan, MGL, was in charge of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon, travelling to all corners of Australia in the lead up to WYD08. ...

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Fr Eugene O'Hagan, Parish Priest Ballyclare and Ballygowan in the Diocese of Down and Connor, Northern Ireland Fr Eugene O'Hagan, Parish Priest Ballyclare and Ballygowan in the Diocese of Down and Connor, Northern Ireland

When Fr Eugene O'Hagan, the eldest in a family of four, told his mother he had decided to become a priest, she was thrilled and proud. ...

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Fr Roy O'Neill, MSC, Chaplain at Randwick Hospital Campus, NSW Fr Roy O'Neill, MSC, Chaplain at Randwick Hospital Campus, NSW

Religion is good medicine. Over the past decade, studies have confirmed spirituality and faith have measurable health benefits and not only promote healing after illness or accidents, but increase longevity. ...

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Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem and English language commentator for the Midnight Mass on Vatican TV and radio broadcasts Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem and English language commentator for the Midnight Mass on Vatican TV and radio broadcasts

With an easy-going friendly warmth typical of most Americans, Pennsylvania-born Cardinal John Foley is based in Rome where he holds the office of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. ...

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Fr Ken Barker, moderator of the Missionaries of God's Love and founder of the Young Men of God Movement Fr Ken Barker, moderator of the Missionaries of God's Love and founder of the Young Men of God Movement

When Fr Ken Barker finished reading Keys of the Kingdom, Scottish author A.J. Cronin's much loved novel about a missionary priest in pre-revolutionary China, it was a life-changing moment. ...

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Fr John Knight, Parish Priest at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Waterloo NSW Fr John Knight, Parish Priest at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Waterloo NSW

Fascinated by the history of his inner city Parish in Sydney's Waterloo, Fr John Knight has spent all his free time over the past several months researching the history of the area in preparation for the 150th birthday of his church and parish. ...

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Fr Donald Calloway, House Superior of the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio Fr Donald Calloway, House Superior of the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio

Just before he departed Australia on September 10 this year, California-born Fr Don Calloway proudly announced that he had acquired many souvenirs during his two week stay. ...

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Monsignor William Mullins, Process Instructor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, former official of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Rome and Prelate of Honour to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II Monsignor William Mullins, Process Instructor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, former official of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Rome and Prelate of Honour to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II

According to Monsignor William Mullins, a priest never fully retires. "We just go on to lesser duties," the 85-year-old says with a smile. ...

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Fr Jude Nicholas, Chaplain to the Sri Lankan Community, Sadleir-Miller Fr Jude Nicholas, Chaplain to the Sri Lankan Community, Sadleir-Miller

For Catholics worldwide, August 15 is among the holiest of all feast days, marking the Assumption of the Virgin Mary when, according to Christian belief, the Holy Mother was physically taken to heaven after death so that her body would not suffer earthly decay. ...

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Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome

In charge of one of Australia's largest and most unique dioceses, the Bishop of Broome, the Most Rev. Christopher Saunders travels enormous distances each year. ...

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Fr William Milsted, Parish Priest at St Peter's Church, Surry Hills and Chaplain at Macquarie University, Sydney Fr William Milsted, Parish Priest at St Peter's Church, Surry Hills and Chaplain at Macquarie University, Sydney

Ministering to young people as part of the chaplaincy at Macquarie University while running an inner city parish has been one of the great joys of Fr William Milsted's 24 years as a priest. ...

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Bishop Anthony Fisher, OP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sydney Archdiocese, Episcopal Bishop for Life and Health, Parish Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Watson's Bay Bishop Anthony Fisher, OP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sydney Archdiocese, Episcopal Bishop for Life and Health, Parish Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Watson's Bay

An internationally renowned scholar, university lecturer, former lawyer and doctor of philosophy in bioethics from Oxford University might seem an unlikely choice to organise everything from the number of loos needed for 400,000 pilgrims to the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI and the spectacular Stations of the Cross enactment at landmarks across Sydney. ...

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Fr Mark Podesta, associate pastor at St Mark's Catholic Church, Drummoyne until July 2009 and now in Rome studying Canon Law. Fr Mark Podesta, associate pastor at St Mark's Catholic Church, Drummoyne until July 2009 and now in Rome studying Canon Law.

It is 12 months since Sydney hosted World Youth Day but Fr Mark Podesta is still best known to thousands as the young priest who appeared on TV and radio shows, commenting on events alongside heavyweights such as Ray Martin, David Koch and the Sunrise team on Channel 7 and Sky News veterans, Lee Hatcher and John Gatfield. ...

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Fr Richard Umbers, Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, Chaplain to Redfield College, Dural and Nairana Study Centre, Pennant Hills, Sessional Tutor at Notre Dame University (Sydney) Fr Richard Umbers, Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, Chaplain to Redfield College, Dural and Nairana Study Centre, Pennant Hills, Sessional Tutor at Notre Dame University (Sydney)

New Zealand-born, Father Richard Umbers compares becoming a priest to the 1980s hit TV series, The Greatest American Hero. ...

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Fr Christopher Higgins, St Patrick's Church, Sutherland Fr Christopher Higgins, St Patrick's Church, Sutherland

Many men discover their priestly vocation while still at school. But for Father Christopher Higgins the call to serve God came in his 30s in the midst of a full and varied career that included stints as a bank teller, as a public servant with the Department of Defence and several years with a freight company loading and unloading trucks. ...

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Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sydney Archdiocese and Episcopal Vicar for Renewal and Evangelisation Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sydney Archdiocese and Episcopal Vicar for Renewal and Evangelisation

The call to serve God and become a priest is both a mystery and a gift, says Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sydney Archdiocese. ...

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Fr Anthony Percy - Rector, Seminary Of The Good Shepherd, Homebush Fr Anthony Percy - Rector, Seminary Of The Good Shepherd, Homebush

It's a vocation like no other. There are no girlfriends, the pay is lousy, the training takes seven years of intense study, and to cap it all off, the boss is someone you can't see. ...

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Fr Michael de Stoop - St Benedict's, Broadway & Vocations Director, Archdiocese Sydney Fr Michael de Stoop - St Benedict's, Broadway & Vocations Director, Archdiocese Sydney

Looking back on his childhood and tracing his journey to the priesthood, Fr Michael de Stoop holds one memory very dear. ...

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