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Yowani Country Club in Lyneham, ACT, was the very comfortable venue for the very successful Archdiocesan AGM/Conference held at the end of May 2008.  Jacqueline Hipwell was elected as President for another term and three new faces were welcomed to the Archdiocesan Executive – Diane Purcell (Canberra Branch) as Archdiocesan Secretary; Pat Liddiard (O’Conner Branch) as Archdiocesan Assistant Secretary and Elaine Gruber (Country Region President), joining Mieke Foley, as Archdiocesan Vice-President.

Two interesting guests speakers proved very popular – Cathy Meredith from BreastScreen Australia spoke on breast and cervical cancer and Jenny Drum spoke on aspects of her life and especially her experience as leader of a group of young people from the Archdiocese to World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005.

Central Region were congratulated for organising the event this year.  Country Region have already begun planning for the 2009 AGM/Conference to be held in May at Galong, NSW.

Sadly on the 21 May, after returning from Calvary Hospital to his home at Villaggio Sant’ Antonio in Canberra, Bishop John Aloysius Morgan entered eternal life.  He was 98 years old and had been a priest for almost 74 years and a bishop for 39 years.  He died the fifth oldest Catholic bishop in the world and possibly Australia’s last living World War II chaplain.  His funeral Mass on 29 May was a wonderful celebration not only  of Bishop Morgan’s Catholic faith and life, but also of his long association with the military.  Some 80 priests and 12 bishops were in attendance at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and a gun carriage conveyed him to his final resting place in the crypt of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka.  
“THE SOULS OF THE VIRTUOUS ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD”  (The Book of Wisdom).

Well World Youth Day 2008 is over and many, who worked tirelessly over many weeks and months, are enjoying a well deserved rest.  League members in the Archdiocese were well represented, not only in their respective Parishes during “Days in the Diocese”, but also at many events in Sydney after the arrival of the Holy Father.  What a triumph!  His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, seemed to revel in the festivities and the closing Mass at Randwick culminated his week long ‘pilgrimage’ down under.   We already look to WYD11 in Madrid, Spain.

 

Archdiocesan Executive
PO Box 4311
MANUKA  ACT  2603

 

President: Jacqueline Hipwell
Secretary: Diane Purcell
Treasurer: Lorraine Birch

Tel: (02) 6295 0084

 

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