In many ways this hasn't been a great year for the Church in Australia, but are some positives to remember and things to give thanks for. Please feel free to add to my list!
Fr Gregory Jordan SJ: fifty years of faithful service
First, the big one - tomorrow marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of Fr Gregory Jordan SJ, chaplain to Brisbane's thriving Latin Mass community. Please remember him in your prayers!
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
The Ordinariate for former Anglicans was finally established this year, and saw ordinations in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, as wonderful grace for the Church as unity becomes a reality.
We can also be thankful for the gift of vocations to at least some of the religious orders in this country. Earlier this month I'm told three men made their solemn vows as Capuchin Friars, and are scheduled to be ordained as priests in February 2013.
And some of the other faithful religious orders, such as the Sisters of St Paul Chartres, Nashville Dominican Sisters, and the Launceston Carmel continue to gain ground.
As well as the Ordinariate ordinations, there have been a good number of other ordinations to the priesthood and diaconate across the country this year, as well as growing numbers in the seminaries. These men must be our hope!