In May 1521, Ignatius of Loyola was hit by the most influential cannonball in history. During his recovery, he experienced a conversion that ultimately led to him founding the Jesuits. To mark the 500th anniversary of this event, the Jesuits invite young people to come and hear about what we've done in those intervening 500 years.

Fr Quyen Vu SJ was born in Vietnam in 1969.  He is the eldest of four siblings.  During the time of the Vietnam war, he and his younger brother escaped from Vietnam and were brought to a refugee camp in Malaysia.  The rest of the family were accepted into Australia as refugees and later Fr Quyen and his brother joined the family.  He grew up in Sydney where he completed his school and undergraduate studies.

A few years ago during my stay in Macau, I encountered quite a number of young Vietnamese mothers who were migrant workers. Due to poverty they had to leave their young children behind in Vietnam either with their husband or parents to look after them, and to find work in Macau. With limited educational opportunities, they were employed as domestic helpers doing menial tasks. They endured much hardship just because of love for their children and family. The thing that saddened me the most was that they were separated from their children for 2 to 3 years at a time. Just imagine their daily misery of separation and the unending longing of being able to embrace their children.

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July - Month of the Most Precious Blood

August - Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  • 08: Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
  • 15: Feast of the Assumption; First Eucharist of Trinity Catholic School students

Ignatius500: Ignatian Year News

  • Saint Ignatius, Jesus’ Companion
    During this Ignatian Year, we are publishing a series of homilies that Fr. General Kolvenbach held on the feast days of St. Ignatius. In this homily, Fr. Kolvenbach focuses on Ignatius’ companionship with Jesus. Church of the Gesù, Rome, July 31st 2003 Celebrating once again Saint Ignatius’ feast, we realize how difficult it is to […]
  • Personal Love for Christ
    During this Ignatian Year, we are publishing a series of homilies that Fr. General Kolvenbach held on the feast days of St. Ignatius. In this homily, Fr. Kolvenbach focuses on Ignatius’ personal love for Christ. Church of Saint Ignatius, Rome, July 31st 1997 In this first year of preparation for the Holy Year, the Church […]
  • From self-centred to God-centred
    In the context of the Ignatian Year, a thoughtful reflection on St. Ignatius and his spiritual life journey.   Was St. Ignatius a spiritual man? A saintly or holy man? A deeply God-fearing, prayerful man? Certainly not at least for the first 26 years of his life. St. Ignatius himself says that up to the […]

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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.  We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.  May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

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Richmond VIC 3121 [ Map | Parish Bulletins ]

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North Richmond VIC 3121 [ Map | Parish Bulletins ]

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