REFLECTIONS
Father Ted Kennedy
St Vincent's Redfern 1971 - 2002
 
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A compilation of reflections by Community members presented to Ted Kennedy on his retirement as parish priest of the St Vincent's Catholic Church in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern.
 
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Dear Ted

Thanks for the many years of friendship, encouragement and challenge!

Your intuitive resonance with those spun to the margins, your insightful critique of society with the church in special focus, your insistent listening to those robbed of an effective voice, your sense of the radical fire of the gospel calling all to account from the vantage point of the poor of the earth, your compassion for those in pain, your capacity to name and affirm the vibrant humanity of those excluded in any way, and your spirit of hospitality: all these have touched my life profoundly.

Thanks for your delight in literature and art and in the inherent wisdom of culture especially Indigenous cultures; for your graciousness of table, room and time; for your sense of gospel perspective on our often stumbling efforts to build an inclusive community mindful of the good and life-giving earth; for the treasured times of sparkling humour!

In earlier days there were turbulent times at Redfern with the house and part of the old school full to overflowing with people with no home and no safe place. In later days, apart from the occasional visit, it's been more a matter of short focused phone calls, unexpected as summer showers but equally delightful and refreshing!

Ted, throughout these many years, you have been for me a singularly credible person of Christian faith and viable humanity; from you I have drawn courage and perseverance, vision and spirituality, and hope.

Thanks for the many years of friendship!


by Peter Dorf
 

 

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