13 Jan 2020

ACBC statement on bushfire crisis

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge has outliined the Australian Catholic Bishops' response to the bushfire crisis and says the Church stands ready to walk alongside people throughout their journey to recovery.

 ACBC Statement on Bushfire Crisis.pdf

17 Dec 2019

Feast of Christmas

Bishop Greg's Pastoral Letter

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Dear Sisters and Brothers

How do we find joy in Christmas when we are reeling from the unspeakably sad and tragic deaths on White Island? How do we celebrate at a time when we are grieving the loss of beautiful lives and the shocking burns to others? How do we rejoice in the Feast of Family when so many families are in grief?

Tragedy can occur at Christmas. A loved one of the family is killed or dies just before Christmas. A car accident involves someone on the way home for Christmas, bringing grief not joy.  Even the first Christmas saw terrible suffering of families in the slaughter of the Innocents.

 Christmas Pastoral Letter - DPP & AA 809 17122019.pdf

01 Dec 2019

Hope born again

The Southern Cross newspaper – December 2019

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It is Christmas time again, thank God, and our hearts grow fuller. There is a magic to Christmas, as you can see in the eyes of children. For us adults it is also the time of grace. Christmas centres us. Christmas calls us back to the truth of who we are, and our hearts grow fuller because there is a recharge of hope and confidence that flows into those hearts. Amid the clamour and clash of the forces that drive our society, into our hearts there flows the stillness we need from the Silent Night, Holy Night. We are born again in hope.

29 Oct 2019

Concerning the Prostitution Bill

Letter to the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie

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Dear Sisters & Brothers

There has not been great publicity, but a review of the Bill affecting brothels and prostitution is about to be debated in the Lower House of State Parliament. Under present law, prostitution is not illegal, but brothels are. The effect of the proposed legislation, introduced by Ms Tammy Franks MLC, is to decriminalise brothels. The Bill has the support of many members of the Government and Opposition. The Premier himself supports the new legislation, while the Leader of the Opposition has stated he will not support it.

 Letter concerning Prostitution Bill.pdf

28 Oct 2019

View from the balcony

Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ | The Southern Cross – November 2019


https://thesoutherncross.org.au/As we continue along our journey to the Plenary 2020, it is worth reflecting on the parable of the wheat and weeds. The hands wanted to pull out the weeds that an enemy had planted in the crop, but the farmer wisely noted that to do so would kill the wheat too, so intertwined were the roots of both wheat and weeds.

01 Oct 2019

Life in abundance

The Southern Cross newspaper – October 2019

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We have never had so much materially or scientifically. We have a way of life adorned with creature comforts that were unthinkable not so long ago, and with the technology to enable opportunities that formerly we could only dream of.

Yet at the same time we live in what John Paul II called a culture of death, an era of diminishment of the human spirit. If we have not sold our souls in 21st century Australia to the devil, we are otherwise occupied in adoring golden calves.

We live in an age of glitz and appearance (read the lifestyle magazines), and our society in consumerism focuses on what is possessed rather than who possesses.

01 Sep 2019

Listening like a disciple

The Southern Cross newspaper – September 2019

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There are two categories of people on Twitter – those called “followers” and those called “following”. Is that what discipleship means?

Having tried to master Twitter in a vain attempt to become relevant (!) I was distressed the other day to read in the paper that Twitter presents a ‘…world where aging baby boomers impart their revolutionary ideals on the new generation’. What about pre-baby boomers! The article also mentioned that a certain political commentator has 149,000 followers. That is about 2000 times more than the number of ‘followers’ I have!

21 Aug 2019

Message from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ


Dear Sisters and Brothers

As you are no doubt aware, the Victorian Court of Appeal today handed down its decision on Cardinal Pell’s appeal against his conviction.

The appeal was dismissed by the Court with one of the three judges, Justice Mark Weinberg, dissenting. There is a possibility of further appeal.

I am very aware that this decision will give rise to a range of responses from people and that there will be intense and emotive media coverage of the outcome.

 Leadership Personnel of the AA DPP 553 21082019.pdf

01 Aug 2019

Conversing with Pope Francis in Rome

The Southern Cross newspaper – August 2019

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In June I spent two weeks in Rome for the Ad Limina Apostolorum which means Threshold of the Apostles, referring to Saints Peter and Paul, both martyred and interred in Rome. Each diocese prepares a detailed account of the pastoral and practical activities of the previous five or seven years, which form part of the basis for conversations with Vatican departments. The group of 35 Australian bishops started with a five day silent retreat conducted by Brother Ian Cribb SJ, formerly director of the retreat house at Sevenhill, who received the praise of all.

23 Jul 2019

Review of abortion law and medical practice in SA update

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Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Archdiocese of Adelaide and Diocese of Port Pirie

I am writing to update you on the review of abortion law and medical practice in SA commissioned by the Attorney General, Vicki Chapman.

The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) has now completed both its public consultation and its series of roundtable consultation sessions.

19 Jul 2019

Abortion Law Reform SA | SALRI Submission

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South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) Brief

SALRI was asked by the SA Government on 26 February, 2019 to consider a suitable legislative framework for the termination of pregnancy.  Specifically, it was tasked with modernising the law in SA and to adopt best practice reforms so that abortion could become a regulated medical procedure under health laws (as opposed to its current status as a criminal law issue). It was expected that abortion would be equitably and safely available to women living in rural, regional and remote areas.  SALRI’s recommendations were also expected to be consistent with recent interstate and international legislative developments and take into account current clinical practice from around Australia and internationally. Their report to the SA Government is due on 31 August, 2019.

 Abortion Law Reform Submission 439 120619.pdf

01 Jun 2019


The Southern Cross newspaper – June 2019

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The time of Pentecost is upon us. ‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle within us the fire of your divine love’. It is a good word enkindle. It means to set something alight, to create a new reality, to produce light and warmth. We have just completed the listening phase in preparation for the Plenary Council 2020.

12 May 2019

Christ in disguise

The Southern Cross newspaper – May 2019

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Train loads of events fill our daily lives. If we don’t reflect on our experiences, we will never pick out what our experience of the major events is telling us, how the finger of God is tracing its patterns through our lives. So what has our experience of the major Seasons of Lent and Easter taught us?

27 Apr 2019

Ordination to the Diaconate of Pat Lopresti

Homily - April 27 2019

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Dear Pat, my brother, in this holy Season, your baptismal name of Pasquale, the Pascha, Easter, is so appropriate, especially as upon the sacrament of your baptism you now in this time of Easter add to it the sacrament of ordination to Holy Orders. I welcome your family, your father Domenico and Rita, and your sister Rita. I welcome your friends and fellow seminarians to a sacred event that is charged with significance for you in the story of your life.  I welcome all here present.  Patrick, the word of election, the word of choice by the Church, was uttered over you in the last few minutes. The people affirmed the choice with their applause.  Note that it is the Church which calls you forth, it is the Church which takes the initiative here, and you are called out by and for the Church.

 Ordination to Diaconate - Patrick Lopestri.pdf

17 Apr 2019

Easter message from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ

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The world has been riveted by the sight of Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris. It is the greatest symbol the French have, and has been with them for almost nine centuries. The timbers had the marks of medieval saws and hammers. There was modern IT and closed circuit television as well, wizardry of modern technology cheek by jowl with handcrafted ancient artistry.

It was a Cathedral that spanned the ages, so much of it was reduced to ashes. It will be built again, rising from the destruction.

18 Mar 2019

Letter from Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, Apostolic Administrator

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Along with all right thinking and feeling people, the Catholic communities of South Australia wish to express to our Muslim brothers and sisters our own feelings of distress and horror at the murder of the Muslim people in the Christchurch mosques. That such tragedies could be enacted in the midst of a society so similar to our own, and so close to ourselves, or indeed in any society, is alarming and horrifying.

 Letter of Support from Bishop Greg O'Kelly.pdf

06 Mar 2019

Pastoral Letter for the Season of Lent 2019

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On Ash Wednesday one year ago a school shooting massacre occurred at the Parkland High School in Florida, resulting in seventeen deaths and a large number of wounded.  Displayed prominently was a photo of anguished mothers arriving at the school to find out whether or not their child was a victim.  One mother hugs another, and on her forehead is traced very visibly the cross she had received at an Ash Wednesday ceremony.  “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes” was a refrain she heard that morning and would never have guessed how tragedy might visit her so starkly and so soon.

 Pastoral Letter - Lent 2019 168 6032019.pdf

01 Mar 2019

Life is a gift that God gives forever

The Southern Cross newspaper – March 2019

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Pope Francis has asked us to look at life issues in a holistic way, as a total perspective. It comes out of Our Lord’s words: ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’. Pope Francis says that the Christian attitude to life must embrace everything from conception to natural death. And so it covers actions like abortion; it covers actions like capital punishment. It’s odd to be opposed to abortion and yet support capital punishment; there’s a contradiction there.

28 Feb 2019

Letter from Bishop O'Kelly to the faithful

February 28 2019


Dear Brothers & Sisters

Everyone carrying the name of Catholic must feel bowed down with some sense of shame and even anger at what the crimes of clergy and Church personnel has wreaked upon us as a community. The strength of the media coverage these days reflects a rightful anger on the part of the wider community at the betrayal which such crimes represent, and the hypocrisy they reveal. It is wider than simply the case of Cardinal Pell, and no judgement should be made there until the result of the appeal. Greater than our pain, of course, is the suffering the victims of abuse have been enduring for many years. To continue to do whatever we can to ensure that such crimes do not repeat themselves, and to do whatever we can to help victims and to purify the Church must be a prime response.

 Faithful of the AA & PPD 143 28022019.pdf

14 Feb 2019

Concerning the proposed amendments to the abortion law – South Australia

February 14 2019

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My Sisters and Brothers

We should all be extremely concerned about the proposed Abortion Law Reform Bill introduced late last year by Greens MP Tammy Franks which is due for debate in the Legislative Council in coming weeks.

This bill drastically reduces safeguards for the unborn.  Abortions may be conducted even well into the ninth month of pregnancy. The unborn deserve love and protection, not destruction.

 Pastoral Letter 113 140219.pdf
 Letter from Dr Elvis Šeman.pdf

07 Feb 2019

Concerning the proposed amendments to the abortion law – South Australia

February 7 2019

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Circular to Clergy and Personnel – Diocese of Port Pirie; Archdiocese of Adelaide

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Concerning the Proposed Amendments to the Abortion Law – South Australia

In December last year Tammy Franks, of the Greens, proposed amendments to the present laws governing abortion in South Australia. If enacted the amendments could have far reaching consequences, and legitimise a significantly expanded practice of abortion. The next reading of the proposed Bill takes place at the end of this month.

 Bishop Greg O'Kelly Homily 30219[1].pdf

01 Feb 2019

Schools and an authentic church

The Southern Cross newspaper – February 2019

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To be authentic Church, the Christian community must exercise and live the corporal works of mercy. The care of the young is an integral work of mercy, a sign of the Church being Church.

Those who care for the young, whether it be in the classroom or the office or front desk or grounds of the school, or engaged with the youth and young families of the parish, are privileged people.

There was a dispute among the disciples, so Jesus took a small child whom He placed in their midst, and said such is the Kingdom of Heaven.  

21 Jan 2019

Statement from Bishop O'Kelly SJ

on ACC review of prayer tradition

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Media Release –  Monday January 21 2019

The Adelaide City Council is reportedly considering abolishing the tradition of praying before meetings (The Advertiser Saturday January 19).

Our basis is as a Christian society, however, we understand the attempt to devise a prayer with which other faiths are comfortable. The main thing is that there be a prayer acknowledging our need for God’s grace to make decisions that are wise and just.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ
Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide
Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese

 ACC response.pdf

18 Dec 2018

Christmas Message

The light of Christ outshines any darkness

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Reflect how much we need the annual feast of Christmas. It comes and acts like a recharging of the soul. There is so much that can get us down but the annual reminder through the beauty of the Church’s Scriptures and liturgy that God so loved us, no matter how unworthy we might appear to be, that He sent his only Son, gives us again our focus.

Here is a great mystery. In contemplating us, God in some way sees his own image, as He has made us in his likeness, as Scripture says. Nothing can take that away from us.  Christmas is the feast of the greatest affirmation of any of us.

22 Oct 2018

Today's national apology

Message from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ

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Today the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison will deliver the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse  at Parliament House in Canberra. Events are being held around the country including at the Adelaide Convention Centre where the Minister for Child Protection, Rachel Sanderson, will deliver a State Apology on behalf of the South Australian Government. Five regional events will also be held in Whyalla, Port Pirie, Berri, Port Augusta and Mount Gambier.

 Message from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ.pdf
 Catholic Church stands with Prime Minister, renews apology.pdf