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Vol 42 No 4



Mark Kenney SM

Mark O'Brien OP

Brendan Byrne, SJ
Personal Story, Mission, and Meaning for the Church Today

Michael Trainor

Anne Hunt

John S. McKinnon
Part One: The Second Conversion


New religious books by Australasian authors


Dear Young People: Homilies and addresses of Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Journey to Sydney, Australia, on the occasion of the 23rd World Youth Day, 12 to 21 July 2008; Pope Benedict XVI; St Pauls; PB $12.95 781921472145]; 96pp; 185x125mm; 2008

Collection of eleven addresses and homilies given by Pope Benedict XVI during his July 2008 visit to Sydney for World Youth Day (WYD) 2008. In addition to texts specifically related to WYD, there are also papal addresses given to a meeting with leaders of other Christian churches, and to a meeting with representatives of other religions. Included as an appendix is Cardinal George Pell’s Homily for the WYD Opening Mass, 15 July. Eight pages of colour photos; recommended reading list.

Gathering with Mary under the Southern Cross; Marie T. Farrell RSM; St Pauls; HB $6.95 [9781921032332]; 32pp; 185x120mm; 2008

Concise historical and theological account of devotion to Mary by Australian Catholics, with specific reference to the title ‘Mary, Help of Christians’, under which she was declared Patroness of Australia in 1844. Colour photos; bibliography and recommended reading list. Author is a member of the Singleton congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, a Senior Lecturer of the Sydney College of Divinity, and teaches Christian spirituality and Marian theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Good Night and God Bless: A guide to convent and monastery accommodation in Europe: Volume One: Austria, Czech Republic, Italy; Trish Clark; Paratus Press, www.goodnightandgodbless.com, dist. by Rainbow Book Agencies; PB $29.95 [9780646485201]; 264pp; 210x135mm; 2008

Guide for tourists, travellers and pilgrims wishing to make use of accommodation options in convents, monasteries and abbeys in Europe. This first volume of a planned series focuses on Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Provides details both of places available simply for accommodation and those that offer spiritual retreats. Detailed information is provided on the principal recommended sites, including places of interest and food and drink suggestions. Also includes pilgrimage suggestions. Basic details are also provided on other religious accommodation options. Some colour photos; maps; index. A second volume, covering religious accommodation in France, Ireland and England, due for publication in 2009. Author is the owner of a travel marketing business. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to the Mary MacKillop Foundation.

Jesus of Nazareth; Pope Benedict XVI; read by Nicholas Bell; Bolinda Publishing; Audio CD set $39.95 [9781742013497]; MP3 CD $29.95 [9781742017396]; 2008

Australian-produced audio book version of the first book written by Joseph Ratzinger since his election as Pope. Subtitled ‘From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration’, it is the first of two volumes in which Benedict XVI will present a deeply personal account of the life and significance of Jesus. This unabridged recording is available as a ten-CD set, or in MP3 format on a single CD (the MP3 version can be easily uploaded to MP3 players, including iPods). Duration is 12 hours, 10 minutes. The reader attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and has performed in many theater productions in London and Australia (where he is now resident), as well as numerous movies and television programs.

Prayers I Pray: An Australian prayer book for primary school age children; Margaret Commins RSM; St Pauls; HB $12.95 [9781921032660]; PB $8.95 [9781921032677]; 64pp; 180x115mm; 2007

Pocket-sized collection of 57 prayers for primary school-age children. First published in 2004 in a perfect-bound paperback editon, it has been reissued in sewn hardcover and paperback editions. At the start and end of the volume are common traditional prayers, such as the Our Father, Rosary, and Prayer of St Francis, but the majority of the prayers are the original work of Commins. The prayers are grouped into categories, for instance, those for ‘daily use’ include prayers on waking, going to sleep, and meal times. Also includes prayers for ‘special people’, ‘special interests’, the major liturgical seasons, the sacraments, and prayers specifically about Australia, such as the natural environment, Aborigines, bush fires, and ANZAC Day. Illustrated throughout the colour drawings, many with an Australian character. Commins is a Religious Sister of Mercy who served as an editor at St Pauls Publications for 14 years, and also has experience as a primary-school teacher.

Question Time: 150 questions and answers on the Catholic faith; Fr John Flader; Connor Court; PB $19.95 [9781921421051]; 327pp; 210x150mm; 2008

Collection of answers to 150 questions related to Catholic faith. The questions and answers were originally published in the Question Time column in Sydney’s The Catholic Weekly between 2005 and 2007, and since mid-2007 have also appeared in The Record in Perth. The texts are arranged systematically by topic, following the general structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and hence grouped into four major sections—Catholic Doctrine, The Sacraments and Sacramentals, Christian Moral Issues, and Christian Prayer and Devotions—as well as more specific subsections. Foreword by Cardinal George Pell. Author is an Opus Dei priest who served as a university chaplain for 30 years and since 2002 has been Director of the Sydney Archdiocese’s Catholic Adult Education Centre.

Stages on the Way II: Documents from the bilateral conversations between churches in Australia 1994-2007; Raymond K. Williamson (editor); St Pauls; PB $29.95 [9781921032684]; 320pp; 215x140mm; 2007.

Sequel to Stages on the Way: Documents from the bilateral conversations between churches in Australia (Joint Board of Christian Education, 1994), also edited by Williamson. Volume is a collection of agreed statements and reports arising from bilateral conversations between the major churches in Australia between 1994 and 2007. Represented are the Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches. Texts are gathered under three headings: Dialogues Seeking Mutual Recognition, Dialogues Seeking Theological Convergence, and Dialogues Seeking Understanding. Topics include Christology, the saints and Christian prayer, Gospel authority, communion and mission, justification, inter-church marriages, and mutual recognition. Includes an introduction to the volume, introductions to each document, and a glossary. Preface by Christiaan Mostert, Chairperson, Faith and Uniting Commision, National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). Editor is an Anglican priest who served as General Secretary of the NSW Ecumenical Council for 21 years, as well as Secretary of the Faith and Unity Commission of the NCCA. Collection was produced on behalf of that Commission.


Kevin Mark manages the Australasian information in the Global Books in Print database and is former religious publisher for HarperCollins Publishers.