Bishops announce delegates to World Meeting of Families
Two Australian couples will attend as the Australian Bishops' delegates to the World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families in Valencia, Spain.
Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley announced that the delegates are Peter and Mary McPhee from the diocese of Wagga Wagga and Bernie and Pauline Victory of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Bishop Hurley, who will accompany the couples to Spain, said the meeting would be a wonderful celebration of its theme: "The Transmission of Faith in the Family".
"Both couples have a long commitment to and passion for not only living out a faith-filled family life, but promoting and celebrating marriage and family in schools, their parish and diocese," the Bishop said.
Pauline Victory said she and Bernie, who have three daughters, aged 22, 20 and 18, were thrilled to have been selected as delegates to the meeting.
"We've been involved with marriage education, natural family planning and family faith education over the past 25 years and I think it will be great to meet families from all over the world," she said. "We are looking forward to learning from others involved in family ministries and sharing experiences of family life in Australia,"
Peter and Mary McPhee said that with six children and an active involvement in faith development, marriage preparation and enrichment, and social justice interests, family has always been their priority.
"Our energies and values have always been devoted around our family," Peter said. "It will be a great privilege to have this opportunity of going to Spain to receive nourishment and enrich our own faith and bring it home to our own family, our parish and our diocese."
Also travelling to Spain will be the co-chairs of the Family Working Group of the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life, Ron and Mavis Pirola of Sydney. They have been members of the Pontifical Council for the Family since its origin in 1983.
Bishop Hurley said that he, with Dr and Mrs Pirola, would escort a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families, which would take in Madrid as well as Valencia. There is also an option to extend the pilgrimage after the meeting for an extra seven nights through Spain and France.
"It would be wonderful to see as many families as possible make this pilgrimage to meet with the Holy Father," Bishop Hurley said. "I know that those who have taken part in this universal celebration of the family in the past have been blessed and enriched by the experience."
Pictured: TOP Peter and Mary McPhee, MIDDLE Bernie and Pauline Victory, BOTTOM Pauline and Bernie Victory with daughters Alice Lucy Claire
ACBC delegates to World Meeting of Families announced (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 23/3/06)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Fifth World Meeting of Families
Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life
Bishop announces Australian delegates to world Families meeting (CathNews 13/6/02)
Pope to preside over Fifth World Meeting of Families in Valencia (catholicireland.net 12/3/06)
Catecheses Readied for World Meeting of Families (Zenit 8/3/06)
Parishes around the world to receive catechetical material for World Meeting of Families (Catholic News Agency 8/3/06)
Huge number of hits for Official website for World Meeting of Families (Catholic News Agency 13/2/06)
Prayer for 5th World Meeting of Families (Zenit 24/1/06)
Thousands volunteer to help at World Meeting of Families 2006 (Catholic News Agency 24/1/06)
All Bishops Being Invited to Families Event (Zenit 11/1/06)
Registration Begins for World Meeting of Families (Zenit 28/11/05)
A Media Challenge for the World Meeting of Families (Zenit 26/10/05)
24 Mar 2006