Nuncio visits Diocese of Broome

Nuncio accepts gift on behalf of NDA from Chris Ellison

Nuncio Engages with First Nations Communities in North West

“Come and See!!” It was that same call that Jesus gave to his Disciples in the Gospel of John that Archbishop Charles Balvo cited upon his arrival in the Diocese of Broome.  The Apostolic Nuncio (Pope Francis’s representative in Australia) was warmly welcomed across the Kimberley during the fourth week of Lent.  Responding to an invitation from Bishop Michael Morrissey, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese the Nuncio described his time as one of ‘encounter’.  He shared in a whole day gathering of clergy, principals and lay leaders.  He was welcomed in the remote communities of Balgo, Beagle Bay, Lombadina, Djarindjin and Kalumburu.   “It was wonderful to have Archbishop Balvo celebrate the Mass of the Oils with the Kimberley Church,” stated Bishop Morrissey.  “At a time in history when the Diocese has been literally cut in two as a result of the extraordinary flooding of the Fitzroy River in January, it was great to bring some of our Diocesan family together.”

Nuncio visits Luurnpa School, Balgo

The Nuncio also celebrated mass at the Broome Campus of Notre Dame University as well as with Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral Parish for the fifth Sunday in Lent.  He noted that this was his first real engagement with First Nations community members and joked that his phone battery had almost gone flat from capturing so much footage of the stunning landscapes that make up the Kimberley region.   “We felt very much at home with the Papal Nuncio,” stated Aunty Shirley Quaresimin, member of the Cathedral Parish and Deputy Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC).  “We are grateful that he took the time to visit and sit with us.  It was a privilege to share our faith and culture with him.”

Listening to the local voice at Djarindjin / Lombadina. Photo by Fr John Bosco
After Nuncio celebrates Mass at Nulungu Chapel
Smoking ceremony at the Kalumburu Mission
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.