The Mackay Catholic Men's Dinner Club met for their monthly dinner on Monday 31st October. Bishop Michael McCarthy was the guest speaker and an invitation was given to all Parishioners to attend, as is the case every October meeting. The dinner was held on this occasion at the Mackay City Bowls Club.
Bishop Michael spoke of his upbringing, living on the family dairy farm and school, to university completing an Applied Science degree in Chemistry, as well as Arts and Theology degrees to fulfil a boyhood dream to be a priest. He was ordained in 1978, becoming a Bishop in 2014.
Travel is a passion of Bishop Michael's, and Mackay was a conclusion to completing a tour of the Diocese. Reminiscing on farming days between Toowoomba and Warwick, with trips to Roma, then being involved with the Brisbane Catholic community. Bishop Michael considers family traditions as key to his vocation. He recalled “Learn Your Faith” in college in 1964 as cementing parental inputs that are so vital to each of our journeys.
It was a Parish Priest that inspired Michael the chemist to answer God’s call to the priesthood. Now as Bishop he faces the demanding tasks of running a very large and varied Diocese. But like Margaret McKellar’s ‘Sunburnt Country” poem, he sees it as a privilege of love to bring the Vision, and that is to: BUILD THE FAITH of the people, wonderful people across the Diocese.
Frank Doolan thanked Bishop Michael for his attendance and an excellent talk.
The Mackay Catholic Men's Dinner club meets on the last Monday of the month at the Boomerang Hotel 6.30pm for 7pm start. We have a guest speaker each month. Visitors, Clergy and male parishioners are always welcome.
Contributed - Graham Featherstone