Fr Brian McCoy sj Returns

Fr Brian McCoy sj

Fr Brian McCoy, a Jesuit priest from Melbourne, recently visited Broome as well as Balgo and other Parts of the East Kimberley.  Fr Brian had, for many years, been Parish Priest of the Kutjungka region, based in Balgo.

In Mulan, Fr Brian returned a painting of Mulan Country by Rex Johns Tjapangarti to his family.  Rex was a key leader in bringing the Walmajarri people back to Mulan in 1979.  The painting was part of Fr Brian’s doctoral health research work and will now remain in the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Centre.

Pentecost group
Some of those gathered for the Pentecost celebrations at Mirrilingki Centre, Warmun.

While in the East Kimberley Fr Brian celebrated the Feast of Pentecost with fellow Jesuit Fr Steve Curtin and the three Josephite sisters in the east Kimberley, Sr Alma, Sr Theresa and Sr Julianne.  They helped facilitate a weekend workshop for church leaders followed by Pentecost celebrations at Kimberley Retreat Warmun (Mirrilingki). A painting by Lena Judrill of Halls Creek was shared.  It was called ‘Coming Together’.

Fr Brian and Bishop Michael Morrissey at the Pound / Fr Brian, Marea, Sr Pat Rhatigan, Manager of the Heritage Centre, and Fr Steve

While Fr  Brian was at Balgo, there was a First Communion Mass for Balgo children. Later, Bishop Michael Morrissey arrived for a Confirmation Ceremony for Balgo and Billiluna children.  They both managed a visit to the 'Lookout', the edge of the cliff overlooking the Breakaway country and the Pound for this photo opportunity.

On his return to Broome Fr Brian, along with Fr Steve Curtin SJ, visited the Heritage Centre of the Sisters of St John of God to return archival material.  While there he met up with his sister, Marea Lanki, who was in Broome with students from Gennazano College in Melbourne who have been part of an exchange program with Nulungu College and, after the amalgamation, with St Mary's College for many years.

Photos courtesy of Fr Brian McCoy, SJ.

Members from the Mulan Indigenous Community with the painting by Rex Johns
Broome Diocese acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders, both past and present, of the lands on which Broome Diocese offices and operations are located.