Prelature of Opus Dei

point of contact
Richard Vella
phone number
0407 400 890
Email

Opus Dei is a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva.  Its mission is to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

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Verbum Dei

point of contact
Juana Crespi
location
74 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery NSW
phone number
(02) 9313 7099
Website
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Verbum Dei is an international Catholic Community founded by Fr Jaime Bonet in Mallorca, Spain in 1963, receiving Pontifical approval in April 2000 as an Institution of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. Verbum Dei is an international family united with one and the same charism and mission. At its core, there are three missionary branches: consecrated women, men (priests) who consecrate their lives through the profession of vows, and missionary couples who consecrate themselves to God. The community extends to and embraces people of all states and areas of life: single, married, old and young, students, people of different backgrounds and occupations. They seek to be a clear expression of the Kingdom of God, building up Christian communities of living faith through prayer, witness of life and the Ministry of the Word.

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The Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community

point of contact
Philip Ryall
location
8 Ballantyne Road, Mortdale NSW 2223
phone number
9579 5965
Website
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The Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community is a body of families, singles and priests who have come together under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to live a common life of prayer, sharing and service. The Community’s ministry and wide mission of evangelisation is well known throughout Australia and in many other countries.

The Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community began in Sydney in October 1979 and on 1 September 1994 amalgamated with Hephzibah Covenant Community which began in February 1982. The amalgamated community, which retained the name Disciples of Jesus, is currently located in Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Port Moresby, Siwai (Bougainville) and Manila. It now numbers about 1100 men, women and children. Since the early 1980’s the community has been affiliated with other covenant communities throughout the world and is a member of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, which is recognised as a Private Association of the Christian faithful of Pontifical right.

The Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL), flowing from the grace of the community, is a body of men and women who are dedicated to living the Gospel of Jesus by sharing a common life, and by consecrating themselves to the Lord in poverty, chastity and obedience. They are called to live this way of life as priests, brothers or sisters.

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Neocatechumenal Way

point of contact
Fr Eric Skruzny
location
106 Gurney Road, Chester Hill, NSW, 2162
phone number
(02) 9726 8114
Fax
(02) 97268115

Pope John Paul described the Neocatechumenal Way as “an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times”.  It is a form of Christian initiation and of ongoing formation in faith, following the indications of the Second Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Church.

 

  1. The Neocatechumenal Way offers a way to reach those who are totally unchurched and bring them to faith, thus enabling the parish to rediscover its missionary dimension. “In the baptismal catechumenate of adults in the mission ad gentes, catechesis precedes Baptism” (General Directory for Catechesis, footnote 18).
  2. “In the catechesis of the baptized, formation is subsequent to Baptism… a function of catechesis is to help to discover and bring to life the immense richness of Baptism already received” (ibid). “By its very nature infant baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate. Not only is there a need for instruction after Baptism, but also for the necessary flowering of baptismal grace in personal growth” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1231).

This re-awakening or rediscovering of our Baptism is done in the parish in small communities. Kerygmatic preaching awakens in the hearts of the people a desire to grow in faith, after which a community is born. As a community, these adults will continue to meet, celebrating the Word of God, celebrating the Liturgy, and discovering the gift of communion: love among the brothers and sisters. The catechists give freely what they have received, “a post-baptismal catechesis in the form of the catechumenate by presenting again some elements from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with the purpose of allowing a person to grasp and live the immense and extraordinary richness and responsibility of the Baptism he has received” (Christifideles Laici 61).

 

Worldwide experience shows that this Way starts by re-evangelising those close to the Church, but soon reaches and evangelises those who are far away. The result is a flowering of charisms and vocations within the parish, and the enrichment of priesthood, marriage, etc. At a meeting with 40,000 young people from the Way on 21st July 2008, just after World Youth Day, Cardinal Pell said: “I believe that the finger of God is upon the Neocatechumenal Way, and I believe that the breath of the Spirit is blowing through you.”

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The Legion of Mary, Sydney Senatus

point of contact
Amy Zuschmann - Senatus President
location
243 Parramatta Road, Broadway NSW 2007
phone number
(02) 9660 6131
Fax
(02) 9660 6191
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The Legion of Mary was founded  in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921 by the Servant of God, Frank Duff. It is a lay catholic organisation whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country. Currently, the cause for canonisation of 3 legionaries are in progress: Frank Duff (founder), Edel Quinn (envoy to East & Central Africa) & Alfie Lambe (envoy to South America)

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s evangelisation work.

An extract from an address by Pope John Paul II to Italian Legionaries on 30 October 1982:

“Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality, not only because the Legion glories in carrying Mary’s name as its unfurled banner, but above all because it bases its methods of spirituality and apostolate on the dynamic principle of union with Mary, on the truth of the intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation. In other words you intend to render your service to every person, who is the image of Christ, with the spirit and the solicitude of Mary”.

The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a Praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting in the parish, where prayer is intermingled with reports of work done and discussion. Then, working in pairs, every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work (at least 2 hours for seniors/1 hour for juniors) in the parish in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

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The Servants of Jesus Community

location
15 Park Road Seven Hills NSW 2147
phone number
(02) 9624 3322
Fax
(02) 9624 5599
Website
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The Servants of Jesus Community is a committed group of Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, who first came together in 1981 to form an Ecumenical Charismatic Community. Community members have formed neighbourhood ‘clusters’ to facilitate community life in many parts of Sydney including Loftus, Campbelltown, Windsor, Westleigh, Merrylands, Seven Hills, Rosehill, Penrith and Emu Plains.

The Community meets together each Sunday for Mass followed by a period of relaxed fellowship and then a Charismatic expression of praise, worship and teaching. Among the many works of the community is the Youth Evangelism Team, TROJAN. This is a team of young people involved in reaching out to other young people with the Gospel on a local and international level.

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Marian Community of Reconciliation

point of contact
Lorena Portocarrero
location
69 Clarendon Road, Stanmore NSW 2048
Website
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The Marian Community of Reconciliation (MCR) is a public association of the faithful founded on March 25, 1991 by Luis Fernando Figari.

Fraternas: Members of the MCR, who are known as Fraternas, are a community of laywomen who, in responding to God’s call, have consecrated themselves to God in order to serve others. They live a full apostolic availability, which is to give their entire live freely to the evangelisation of the whole world. In order to live this, they assume the commitments of obedience, celibacy and detachment from temporal goods.  Looking to Holy Mary, they assume the mission of living, like her, an authentic spiritual motherhood.

Their state of life as laywomen allows them to be in the middle of the world to announce the Lord Jesus as the only answer for the human being. Sensitive to the signs and challenges of our time, they concentrate their apostolate in four areas: Evangelisation of Culture, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, The Promotion of the Family and Solidarity with the Poor and Most Needy.

They strive to live out their vocation by cooperating actively with grace, making their daily life a prayer. As Holy Mary, they seek to respond with a generous and free Fiat to the Plan of God in all the concrete circumstances of their life, so that they can conform themselves more and more to the Lord Jesus, model of full humanity.

Currently there are more than 200 Fraternas in various cities of North America, South America, Europe and Australia. In Sydney, they are leading the new ecclesial movement: Christian Life Movement. They provide spiritual direction and are active at the University of New South Wales Catholic Chaplaincy.

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Knights of the Southern Cross (NSW) Inc

point of contact
Catherine Sisson - State Office Administrator
location
Level 8 Polding Centre 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000
phone number
(02) 9390 5341
Fax
(02) 9261 8739
Email

The Objects of the KSC  are:

  • to promote the advancement of Australia
  • to foster the Christian way of life throughout the Nation
  • to promote the welfare of members and their families
  • to encourage social and intellectual activities amongst members
  • to conduct and support educational, charitable, religious and social welfare work

Membership of the Knights of the Southern Cross is aimed at Catholic laymen over 18 years of age. Meetings open and close with special prayers and include a faith formation session based on a New Testament reading. Proceedings include the monitoring of secular affairs and proposing and developing action to uphold moral values, to counter social injustice, to support the marginalised and to defend the Church.  Meetings are held between 6 and 12 times a year (depending on the branch) at their parish bases.

The Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC) was formed in 1919 to improve the economic wellbeing of Catholics in the community. It is a not-for-profit incorporated association under the laws of New South Wales. It is a non-partisan association of Catholic laymen acting under its own Objects and responsibility in accordance with the code of Canon Law. The KSC is guided by the teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and is in filial obedience to the Sacred Hierarchy with respect to faith, morals and doctrine.

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Immaculata Community

phone number
0406 372 608
Email

Immaculata Community is a new lay community who aims to love Jesus through the heart of Mary. We strive to bring about parish revival through building a sense of community via formation i.e. prayer groups, retreats, mission schools, Adoration, hospitality and other events surrounding the liturgical calendar etc.

 

Most activities are held within the Immaculata Centre (building on the right side of St Thomas Becket Parish Church, 1 Thomas St, Lewisham).

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Emmanuel Community

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The Emmanuel Community is an Association of Christ's Faithful comprising Catholics in all states of life: lay people, both married and single; men and women consecrated in celibacy and priests. A layman, Pierre Goursat (+25 March 1991) founded the community in Paris in 1976. In 1992, the Vatican officially recognised the community statutes.

Members share the desire to live out, in a radical way, a call to holiness which is their vocation as baptised Catholics. They share the certitude that God is present in the life of every person and that He loves us. The mission of the Community is to reveal to every man and woman the presence of the God of Love in their lives, Jesus Christ, who is Emmanuel, "God with us".

The Emmanuel Community works with youth, with married and engaged couples and families. For the past 9 years, the Emmanuel Community has animated the Sunday evening youth mass at St Mary’s Cathedral. It has also assisted the CREDO Office in conducting parish missions throughout the Sydney archdiocese. Internationally, approximately 150,000 people participate every year in the activities of the Community. The Community also conducts 5 schools of formation for evangelisation including the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome.

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