Sydney couple reappointed to Pontifical Council for the Family
A Sydney couple, Ron and Mavis Pirola, have been reappointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family, launching them into their third decade of service to Vatican Council.
The Pirolas have been Members of the Pontifical Council since its origin in 1983. They addressed the Synod on the Laity in Rome on the topic of 'Family' in 1987.
They coordinate the Pastoral and Matrimonial Renewal Centre and chair the Family Working Group of the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life. They have been married for more than 40 years and have four children and seven grandchildren.
"We are delighted and honoured to have been asked to continue as members of the Pontifical Council for the Family," said Mr Pirola.
The Pontifical Council for the Family was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1981, following the Committee for the Family created by Paul VI in 1973. It is responsible for the pastoral ministry and apostolate to the family, to help Christian families fulfill their educational and apostolic mission.
The couple said much has been achieved in the last 20 years, including the Council's organisation of the successful World Meetings of Families. The Fifth World Meeting will take place in Valencia, Spain in 2006.
"We are looking forward to continuing to serve the Church through our membership of the Pontifical Council of the Family and to promoting the family as a powerful tool of evangelisation in the world today," said Mrs Pirola.
Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley, congratulated Ron and Mavis on their reappointment and wished them every blessing over the course of their five-year appointment.
"Ron and Mavis are gifted and tireless workers for the cause of the family, in their own lives, in their work for the Church in Australia and through their membership of the Pontifical Council for the Family," Bishop Hurley said.
"The Church is fortunate indeed to have people of such faith, energy and commitment to help us celebrate and defend the family and its powerful role in all our lives."
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28 Sep 2004