OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Hobart archdiocese Tasmania opens new Catholic Diocesan Centre: “Preaching the Gospel is still our main task”

Monday, 12 September 2005

Hobart (Fides Service) - The Catholic diocese of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia, has a new Centre which houses the Church’s administration and pastoral offices as well as the Catholic Development Fund, the Catholic Education Office, and Apprenticeship Specialist and Wilson Training Centre. The new centre was blessed recently by Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, present also Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart, civil authorities and many local Catholics.
Cardinal Pell blessed the new building and said “The Catholic community in Tasmania should be one important source of goodness and strengthening for all sorts of good values, family, life, social justice”. “This Centre will certainly enhance organisations like Centracare and all the work they do with people stuggling and refugees” he concluded
Archbishop Doyle said the Centre provides an opportunity to consolidate the offices of the Church. He said one of the benefits was that those with high responsilities could be in closer contact with each other. “It also gives a picture of everybody working together for the Church in Tasmania. We are a big organsaiton, a big employer and we need to be eficient and accountable. But we should never forget that our core business is to preach the Gospel” he said “whatever goes on must be at the service of that”.
In Tasmania the Catholic community is the third largest provider of social services and jobs with 3,500 personnel working in: schools, social centres, hospitals, homes for the elderly and various other Catholic institutions.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 12/9/2005 righe 22 parole 255)