Family, Friends, Fellow Jesuits and Parishioners of St Canice’s gathered on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney to celebrate the Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Frank Brennan SJ. The music played at the Mass was composed by another Jesuit, Christopher Willcock SJ.
Frank’s vestments were made by Frank’s mother Patricia, and worn at his Ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane twenty five years ago. The design is modelled on Miriam Rose Unugunmerr-Baumann’s pulpit painting at St Francis Xavier Church, Daly River in the Northern Territory. The basic design is that of a chalice with above and behind it, a cross and between the two, an outstretched hand supporting the host. Superimposed on the Cross is the dove, the Spirit of God, under whose outspread wings are the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament which merge into the one law of the New Testament given us at the hand of Christ – the law of Love.
After Mass, representatives of the Legal Profession, Aboriginal Groups, Social Justice and Human Rights Groups, Friends and Family members spoke glowingly of Frank’s contribution to Australian Society. Then all enjoyed a BBQ and a glass of wine in the Peace Park next to the Church in glorious Sydney sunshine.