Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Bishop Faulkner, 81, thanked God for the gift of life and defined Christian joy through his family and friends at St Francis Xavier Cathederal earlier in the month.
“The goodness of people, often the heroic lives of families and individuals, priests and religious in isolated areas and under oppressive conditions in the cities – all called forth in me an attempt at a joyful response,” Archbishop Faulkner said at the mass.
“There is no room for Christian joy in a heart that refuses to forgive or to be forgiven,” he said.
Born in Booleroo Centre in the southern Flinders Ranges, Archbishop was ordained a priest on New Year’s Day, 1950.
He was consecrated as Bishop of Townsville on November 28, 1967, and was Archbishop of Adelaide from 1985 to 2001.
During this time, he worked closely with various migrant and refugee communities and people with disabilities, and pioneered an Australian model of Basic Ecclesial Communities (the Neighbourhood Church).
Meanwhile Archbishop Francis Carroll marked his 40th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop with a Mass in St Christopher’s Cathedral.
In his homily, Archbishop Carroll described the 40 years, dating from the time he was appointed Bishop of Wagga Wagga, as “the best and the worst time to be a bishop called upon to give pastoral leadership”.
“I joined the College of Bishops as the Church, newly fired by the renewed vision and idealistic hopes of the Second Vatican Council, was beginning the exciting but difficult task of living and preaching the old but ever-new Gospel of Jesus Christ in a world in transition,” Archbishop Carroll said.
“Looking back, my main, even overwhelming feeling is that of gratitude and the need to say thanks.
Archbishop Carroll said that just as people served God mainly by serving their sisters and brothers and loved God by loving others, so God usually dealt with people through others.
As one who serves (Southern Cross, December 2007)
40 years a bishop (Catholic Voice, December 2007)
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