Harmony Day 2017

Theme: Strength in Harmony

Harmony day was celebrated with a morning tea in the Diocesan Centre.

Harmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs and the theme for 2017 celebration is: Strength in Harmony.

To celebrate Harmony Day this year, the Catholic Archdiocese Multicultural Team organised a special Morning Tea at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Hall, Wakefield Street, Adelaide, March 23 for Diocesan staff, priests, religious and some special guests.

Among the special guests there were a number of asylum seeker families with young children who was especially welcomed at the celebration and invited to cut the Harmony Day Cake with Archbishop Wilson.

About 100 people gathered to celebrate our unity in diversity. Flags of many nations were displayed and multicultural food was shared. Chancellor Heather Carey warmly welcomed all the guests.

Sr Nien Tran rsm, manager of Catholic Multicultural Office, thanked all those who helped to make the occasion possible then she introduced the video clips showing the message of the Government stating that the main purpose of Harmony Day is to celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australian society, and to promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society.

Archbishop Wilson’s Harmony Day message calls us to be aware of the fact that while we are celebrating our living in peace and harmony in Australia, millions of people around the world are suffering from war, homelessness and starvation and it is our responsibility to help these people where we can.

Please enjoy the pictures which capture the wonderful spirit of our celebration of Harmony Day.