Brisbane launches Life Centre

Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane recently launched the John Paul II Centre for Family and Life in Ashgrove.

Life Centres already exist in the Archdioceses of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Blessing the new centre, which is co-located with the Queensland Bioethics Centre, Archbishop Bathersby said the centre drew its philosophy from what was one of the most "joyful and fulfilling" sentences in the entire Gospel, (John 10:10) "I have come that you may have life - life in its fullness".

"It is entirely understandable therefore that the Church, following in the footsteps of Jesus, should be the promoter of life in all its variety," Archbishop Bathersby said.

"Especially in today's increasingly important area of bioethics, as well as in the social powerhouse at a physical, spiritual and moral level - the family," he said.

The Archbishop thanked the Sisters of Mercy and the Mater Hospital for their past contributions.

"For 26 years they have provided facilities close to the Mater Hospital for the first Bioethics Centre under the direction of Sr Regis Mary," he said.

Among the centre's roles will be to act as a voice on family and life issues for the archdiocese, contribute to the development of policy on these issues within the Church and society; a central reference point for volunteer groups or movements working in the area of marriage; and to offer seminars on the theology and mission of the family.

Life Centre launched (Catholic Leader 2/12/07)

4 Dec 2007