Gospel Reflections

Julian McDonald  (text)

Br Julian McDonald CFC, PhD is a member of the Christian Brothers Oceania Province, a former leader of the Christian Brothers in Australia and a former Chancellor of Australian Catholic University. Julian is a patron of Catalyst for Renewal.

Julian provides reflections on the Sunday Gospel each week. Access the current reflection from Julian here: https://catalystforrenewal.org.au/sunday-readings-reflection/twenty-fourth-sunday-in-ordinary-time-a-reflection-on-the-sunday-readings-5

Francis Moloney (voice)

Francis J. Moloney, SDB, AM, FAHA, D.Phil was born in Melbourne in 1940, and joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1959. He was ordained a Priest in 1970. He is an alumni of Melbourne University, the Salesian Pontifical University (STL: 1970), the Pontifical Biblical Institute (SSL: 1972), and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.: 1976). He has honorary doctorates from St Mary University and Seminary, Baltimore (STD: 2005), and Australian Catholic University (D. Univ.: 2011). He was a member of the International Theological Commission to the Holy See (1984-2002), a member of the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is widely published (over 50 books and 100 journal articles). Frank is a patron of Catalyst for Renewal.

Frank’s Sunday Gospel reflections can be accessed here.

Michael Whelan (video)

Michael Whelan SM, PhD is a Marist Priest, presently parish priest at St Patrick’s Church Hill in Sydney, and has been Executive Director of Catalyst for Renewal since 1995.

Previously Michael was President of the Sydney College of Divinity, Principal of Catholic Theological Union and Director of Aquinas Academy. He obtained his PhD, studying under Adrian van Kaam, at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh in 1984.

Michael enjoys time at the Aquinas Academy’s hermitage, “Nazareth” on the Colo River, near Windsor in NSW. He believes renewal in the Catholic Church will not happen until/unless we recover the mystical heart of our faith. This means a wholehearted commitment to fostering contemplation for all. He finds his pastoral compass in the words of the founder of the Marist Fathers: “Once they have tasted God everything else will look after itself”. Michael believes people and relationships are far more important than doctrine and
law, absolutely necessary as doctrine and law are.

Michael’s reflections can be accessed here.

Australian Women Preach (voice)

The purpose of this website is to raise the voices of Australian women preaching the gospel.

The podcast Australian Women Preach now features 100 Australian Christian women preaching the Gospel. An initiative of Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) and the Grail in Australia, the podcast highlights and shares the voices of women breaking open the Word of God in ways that are meaningful to people today. Click here to access the podcasts.

Australian Women Preach is now one year old. Read the press release and access the special anniversary podcast here. [Updated 8 March 2022]

The Australian Women Preach group have now produced a book of women’s reflections on the Sunday Gospel. Titled “In Her Voice”, it is available from Garratt Publishing. [Updated 23 February 2023]