A Message from the Bishop

Dearly beloved sons and daughters of the Maronite Church in Australia,

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction,” writes His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in the encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God is Love, 1). The Gospel is a Person who continually offers himself and constantly invites us to share his life by accepting his love and sharing in his paschal mystery. The mission of the Church is to proclaim this Gospel, to be a living witness to it and to lead people to encounter the person of Jesus Christ. If our Maronite Church is to bear a better and broader Christian witness in Australia, we need to meet and put together spiritual and pastoral plans. We need to discuss the spiritual, social and ethical problems and challenges that face us. 

With the aim of improving our Christian witness and strengthening our Church, we launched, three years ago, plans to hold a Diocesan Assembly for our Maronite Eparchy in Australia. The Assembly will hold its first general meeting on the 25th of November 2017 and then from the 12th to the 14th of April 2018 in Sydney, with the participation of parish and ecclesial representatives and Maronite organisations from all over the country.

To help us prepare for this Assembly and to enable us to have a better understanding of the hopes, aspirations, expectations and challenges that face the Maronites in Australia, we invite you to take 10-15 minutes of your time to complete this survey. Your answers will shape our discussions and set the framework for our assembly.

I thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Please answer as best as you can, or leave a question blank if you cannot answer it or if you do not understand it.

The survey closes midnight on Sunday the 14th of January 2018. 

You do not need to write your name anywhere. Your email address (if you wish to provide it) will only be used to provide you with more information about your Church.

We ask for your prayers as we journey towards our first Diocesan Assembly.

If you have any questions, please speak to your local Parish Priest.

 In God's Love,

 + Antoine-Charbel Tarabay
Maronite Bishop of Australia

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