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Sometimes it is hard to keep abreast with things and knowing that we are well into the Season of Lent now only highlights for myself just how quickly the year is passing.
The newness and vitality of CVMA continues and having had a highly successful Retreat and Conference in Perth in the latter part of last year many Vocation Co-ordinators, from across the whole spectrum along with many laity, are enthused and still highly interested in accompanying youth and allowing many to discern their pathway in life.
The CVMA Vocation Magazine VocNET has seen major changes. In recent times Meetings have been held with some of the Bishops of Australia and also Representatives of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA). Currently, we are still trying to update all our files and should you know of anyone who has not changed names, addresses and even orders with regard to VocNet any notification would be greatly appreciated.
Whilst we conducted our Conference/Retreat last year preparations are well under way now for a 2 day Workshop to be held in Sydney in early October. Sr. Terry Rickard OP the President and Executive Director of RENEW International will be the Presenter. We are currently in discussions as to theme and style of the gathering. Something not to be missed!
Though the CVMA Office is not attended 5 days a week, we are still interested in your contact. If we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us and we can take it from there.
As we continue in our Lenten Journey let us keep the words of Pope Francis in the front of our minds and especially in our hearts:
"If we think we don't need God who reaches out to us through Christ, because we believe we can make do on our own, we are headed for a fall. God alone can truly save and free us.....Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.....Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without the dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt"
Fr Tony Cox ssc
|Back Row - left to right: |
Peter Hendriks msc, Tony Cox ssc, John Webb cfc
Front Row - left to right:
Anne Taylor rsc, Claire Cooke SSpS, Donna Millsom,
Kathy Kettle rsm, Lindsay Rust sac and Janette Murphy rsj