My ideal church 

John Alonso Dick, an historical theologian and former academic dean at the American College, KU Leuven (Belgium) and professor at the KU Leuven and the University of Ghent, describes his ideal church and what he would like to find in a church that is a healthy Christian community. Reprinted with permission from La Croix International March 17, 2022. 

A celebratory service 

Lizzie Snedden writes, The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle made history when it celebrated its first-ever LGBTIQ Mass, on 4 March 2022. This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2022 edition of Aurora, which is produced by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Photo by Standing Free Photography. 

A pilgrimage to Catholic Parramatta 

Monsignor John Boyle, Parish Priest and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta from 1991 to 2000, tells stories of early Parramatta and current rugby league. 

Synodal virtues: valuing a sense of agency 

Thomas O’Loughlin is a presbyter of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and professor-emeritus of historical theology at the University of Nottingham (UK). His latest book is Eating Together, Becoming One: Taking Up Pope Francis’s Call to Theologians (Liturgical Press, 2019). He writes here about what will engage all the baptized in synodality. Reprinted with permission from La Croix International, April 13, 2022.

Deported from Philippines, Sr Patricia Fox stays in solidarity over the distance 

Fiona Basile, Melbourne freelance writer and photographer, is the author of a children’s book, Shhh...God is in the Silence, (Loyola Press). Recalling the life and ministry of Sr Pat Fox, this article is reprinted from Global Sisters Report, Apr 7, 2022, a project of the National Catholic Reporter.  Reprinted with permission.