Sunday morning, I missed a plane by a matter of minutes. I booked through one airline, but neglected to note that I had to check in via another. D’Oh!
Missing flights is annoying, and expensive, but the day wasn’t an unmitigated disaster. I didn’t attend a First Mass and celebrate with a newly ordained priest in Sydney, but instead I met — and was very impressed by — Australia’s newly-trained and ready-to-go Catholic Voices in Melbourne.
After months of auditions, voice and camera training, and collaboration with industry professionals, the first Catholic Voices Australia training programme concluded on Sunday. Nine lay Catholics — in their twenties, thirties and forties, studying at uni, or in the workforce, or at home raising kids — are now formed and prepared to appear on Australian television and radio and speak from a Catholic view point. Theirs is not an official voice, but it is an authoritative voice:
The laity derive the right and duty to the apostolate from their union with Christ the head; incorporated into Christ’s Mystical Body through Baptism and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, they are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself.
A short video promoting Catholic Voices Australia:
And an account from the founders of Catholic Voices’ vision and method: