City hosts Catholic Archbishop at 2019 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

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The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth, addressed more than 150 local high school students and key City stakeholders at the City of Joondalup’s 2019 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

The theme of this year’s breakfast was Diversity in Communities and Archbishop Costelloe, the State’s most senior Catholic, spoke of the importance of the multi-cultural and multi-faith nature of our community.

While indicating this was something to be proud of and grateful for, the Archbishop also reminded those in attendance that it was something they should never take for granted or become complacent about.

“The ongoing success of a respectful society depends on the willingness of all of us to genuinely make room for each other,” he said.

The Archbishop turned to the issue of religious freedom and spoke of the many “world views” which compete for space.

“The concept of ‘world view’ refers to the deepest convictions we, as individuals and communities, cherish about what it means to be a human person in relationship with self, with others, with the world around us and with God,” he said.

Archbishop Costelloe also spoke of religious freedom and that it included not just the freedom to express and teach the particular beliefs of our faiths, but also the freedom to maintain and foster an environment which supported and gave expression to those beliefs.

“In a multi-cultural and multi-faith environment, a mature society will enable and encourage the expression of a variety of ‘world views’, as long as they are proposed for reflection, discussion and consideration rather than imposed by any kind of intimidation or coercion,” he said.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Diversity in Communities was a particularly apt theme for a City like Joondalup where almost 40 per cent of Joondalup residents were born overseas, more than 10 per cent come from non-English speaking backgrounds and more than 30 different religious organisations are based within its boundaries.

“It was pleasing to have another big turnout for this special annual event where we come together as one to pray for our City and the more than 160,000 people who call Joondalup home,” he said.

“Those in attendance, particularly the students – the future leaders of this community – left the breakfast feeling inspired by the Archbishop’s message.

“Building healthy communities requires collaborations and partnerships. Families, school communities, civic leaders and our churches all have important roles to play.

“Faith is vitally important in a community like ours and never has the work of our churches been so important.”

A stunning Aboriginal ‘Our Father’ and Djinanginy Katatjin Welcome to Country, performed by Sacred Heart College Contemporary Band and Singers, started proceedings, while prayers and scripture readings were delivered throughout the event by various community and chirch leaders.

The breakfast raised more than $2,000 for Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren; a not for profit charity offering support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis.