Preparations for the Golden
Jubilee of the Parish are underway. We will start on the first
weekend of Lent in 2010.
Fr David Ranson will be in
the parish to lead us in discovering the scriptural basis of Jubilee.
He will start on Friday 19 February, continue on Saturday 20 February,
preside at the Eucharist on Saturday evening, continue on Sunday 21,
ending at noon with a shared meal. This will be our major
‘Faith Education’ experience for 2010.
David Ranson is a priest of the
Diocese of Broken Bay, and a senior lecturer in the Sydney College of
Divinity, teaching in Spirituality at the Catholic Institute of Sydney
where he is also Academic Secretary. For many years he was a member of
the Cistercian Order at Tarrawarra Abbey,
where he was ordained in 1992. David is regularly invited to speak on
issues of contemporary spirituality and pastoral formation throughout
. David is involved in a number of pastoral committees within the Diocese
of Broken Bay, and with the Sydney College of Divinity. He is a member of
the International Promotions Committee for the Society of the Study of
Christian Spirituality. He holds a Master of Theology Honours degree from
the Melbourne College of Divinity and is currently completing doctoral
. David has written numerous articles on spirituality and pastoral
formation in both
. He is the author of Across the Great Divide – Bridging Spirituality
and Religion Today (St. Pauls Publications 2002), Living in the
Holy Spirit: Elements of Catholic Spirituality (Australian Catholic
Bishops Conference, 2008) and The Paschal Paradox: A meditation on the
contemporary challenge of priestly life (St. Pauls Publications,
He has, in recent years, worked in
the theme of Jubilee and is ‘delighted’ (his word) to come to St Thomas More’s
to share his insights.