The birth of the National Council of Priests of Australia

Ed Campion attended the Hunters Hill Convention of priests from across Australia in 1970 which spawned the idea of a national association of Catholic priests that would become the National Council of Priests (NCP) the following year. As NCP celebrates 50 years, Ed offers his reflections on the event first published in Report No 46, 22 May, 1970. Reprinted with permission.

Eucharist: The Resurrection gift

Rose Marie Crowe offers a reflection on how we might reimagine Eucharist in light of the recent COVID-19 experience. 

May the global church discover light from the Southern Cross 

Part one of an analysis of Australian Church governance report, The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia, by Richard R Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology Department. Reprinted with permission from La Croix International, 3 June 2020. Part two is published elsewhere in this edition of The Swag. 

Vale Noel Connolly SSC 

Fr Jim Mulroney SSC is the former Editor of the Sunday Examiner in Hong Kong. He writes about Fr Noel Connolly’s life. Noel died on 6 June 2020. Reprinted with permission from St Columban Mission Society website on 10 June 2020. 

A promising roadmap for ecclesial reform and conversion 

Part two of an analysis of Australian Church governance report, The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia, by Richard R Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology Department. Reprinted with permission from La Croix International, 4 June 2020.