Here’s a quick roundup of noteworthy updates from the Catholic Diocese of Darwin:
07 – Check out our New Diocesan Logo
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to introduce to you our Diocesan logo. After wide consultation 🙌 with various people including our Priests, Catholic Care, Catholic Education, and First Nations People, we have finally come up with a logo that represents the Spirit of our community.
The logo features the shape of a dove 🕊️, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, with its right wing shaped like the Northern Territory (and in ochre red i.e. the colour of the NT flag). The dots forming the cross represent the dot painting used by our First Nations People, and the blue line represents the water of Baptism 💧 and the Arafura Sea 🌊.
06 – Dive into Pope Francis’ 8 Outstanding Quotes to the Youth
n the latest edition of Yarning, we delved into the world of World Youth Day (WYD), an event of staggering proportions that captured the hearts of 1.5 million attendees at its 2023 outdoor Mass finale. But what exactly is World Youth Day (covered in the last edition), and what transpires during this global gathering of young Catholics?
Following the previous feature, we received numerous inquiries and comments expressing astonishment at various facets of WYD. To further enlighten our readers, we present a bit of WYD Trivia:
Name the 15 Cities:
Can you identify all 15 cities that have hosted WYD? Here’s a hint: 8 in Europe, 2 in Asia, 2 in North America, 2 in South America, and 1 in Central America. Faith without Borders: the Church that welcomes all cultures.
05 – Explore the Historic Ordination – First Filipino Priest in NT after 3 decades
On May 24, 2023, a momentous event took place at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral in Darwin, as Rev Mr Andric Dean Tobias Taberdo was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Darwin. Bishop Charles Gauci led the ordination, which was concelebrated by Emeritus Bishop Eugene Hurley, Vicar General Father Malcolm Fyfe MSC, and numerous priests from across Australia.
Bishop Charles expressed his joy at the ordination of Fr Dean, a local from Palmerston, who has answered God’s call to serve His people. He emphasized the importance of a priest’s mission to walk alongside others, sharing Christ’s message and growing in the love of God. Acknowledging that priests are human with strengths and weaknesses, Bishop Charles praised their dedication and love for their calling.
04 – Discover the Good Coming out of Sandy Bore, NT
Kumwentyaye Turner, an Akarre woman, was born in the Spotted Tiger region of Harts Range, north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. She grew up in a strong and healthy family, learning the songs and women’s law of her people from her aunts. She was also a gifted painter, and her work often told stories of the stars, the sky, the wind, and everyday life. She believed in God’s power to heal, and she often prayed for the sick and those with a variety of needs.
Kumwentyaye Turner’s parents sent her to Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) in her mid-teens, where she continued her education and was married in the Catholic Church. She later moved to Darwin and Alice Springs, where she qualified as a language interpreter. She was passionate about preserving her culture and sharing her insights with others. She taught language and culture courses at the Institute for Aboriginal Development and elsewhere, and was one of the founders of Irrkerlantye Learning Centre, which focuses on inter-generational learning for Arrernte people.
03 – Relive the Unforgettable 2023 Youth Video
World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope, that began in 1986. The Diocese of Darwin, under the leadership of the Bishop, has been sending young people from all communities across the Territory, funded in part by generous donations from the Darwin community. This year, two groups from Darwin, including 37 from the Neocatechumenal Way and Sisters from the Missionary Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, had participated.
WYD is not just a gathering, it is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church, an instrument for evangelisation and transformation of the Church, a place of birth for vocations to marriage and consecrated life, and with young people as its protagonists, WYD promotes peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.
02 – Experience NT’s Nungalinya College Jubilee – A 50-year Aboriginal Video Freedom & Unity:
The resonance of unity and the echoes of liberation reverberated at Nungalinya College in Darwin on the 19th of August 2023. A congregation of more than 300 individuals converged to commemorate the remarkable journey of this sacred place over half a century. Founded in 1973 to cater to Aboriginal adult students and nurture future leaders, the College’s Golden Jubilee unfurled in a splendid tapestry of events.
The celebratory day unveiled a mosaic of experiences, including dual screenings of an evocative documentary titled “Freedom,” masterfully crafted by Warwick Vincent (teaser above). Attendees embarked on guided explorations through the captivating Garden of Eden and the poignant Way of the Cross. Creative expression flourished in art and weaving workshops, followed by a sumptuous dinner that nourished both body and soul. The evening crescendoed under the starlit sky with fervent prayer, joyful songs, and spirited dancing, choreographed by impassioned leaders representing various communities across the Territory.
And a special thank you to the Yarning NT Community for supporting this initiative in Year 1.