Greetings from a chilly Bathurst. This Newsletter will focus on Nancy’s Place, the house Marie Bourke runs for vulnerable women, especially those coming out of prison. Marie returns to Melbourne at the end of the year, and I want to acknowledge her time here. I am going to miss her terribly; we share the faith and have been a good team. The only thing that makes it easier for me is that I know it is right for Marie to move and I know the Lord with provide for next year. After all, it is His work. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you for your friendship and support. Without that support we would not be able to go on. Be assured of our prayers when we gather in the morning at mass, Steve and Marie
It’s wonderful to be back here at St Canice’s and see so many people I love, and have come to love, to know their stories. It’s such a privilege. I’ll try to hold myself together. Up to now, I've not gone back and looked at my time here, I've not unpacked the stories, it’s hard to do that.
The Bridge Community Newsletter November 2020 Dear friends, The year is fast coming to a close and I want to give you some of the flavour of our two houses. Recently I had a visit from a young friend, Joe Finsterer. He is studying film production and has done a 5 minute video interview with myself on our life here in The Rectory.
Among the many good fruits cultivated by the two parishes is Jesuit scholastic, Bonifacio Bano Lay Ribeiro SJ. This 23-year-old Railaco parishioner has just taken his first vows as a Jesuit. Bonifacio first experienced the St Canice / Railaco relationship as a child benefitting from the Children’s Feeding Program, and also studied and graduated from the Railaco Jesuit Secondary School, NOSSEF.
From novice teacher at St Ignatius’ College, Athelstone, to parish priest of St Canice’s in Kings Cross and, most recently, founder of The Bridge community for ex-prisoners in Bathurst, Father Steve Sinn SJ has always had an eye for the outsider.
The Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney is widely regarded as being very conservative and insensitive to many intimate pastoral issues. The man does have another compassionate side that is evidenced as he goes about his pastoral work in Visitations to parishes in the archdiocese. We experienced such a man at St Canice’s in 2009. In addition