Father Ted Kennedy
St Vincent's Redfern 1971 - 2002
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.
For the latest updates:

Church Mouse Journal
More morsels from St Vincent's Redfern

Fr Ted Kennedy

Reflections 1
Reflections 2
Reflections 3
Reflections 4
Reflections 5
Who is Worthy?
Letters from Ted

Mum Shirl

Her story

Recent Parish Priests

Pell's appointments
The Neocats
Our pastors

Interesting reading

Points of view

Visitors since 12 April 2004
  Church Mouse

To me, Redfern is a place where the Church is truly alive.

As you walk in, there is a feeling of the church belonging to all the people who go there; and as you attend the Eucharist, there is a feeling of involvement in the local church and in all the major spiritual and justice issues of the day in the wider Church and world.

This is a place where the people claim the liturgy, and where aboriginal people are recognised as the real owners of the land; where women, over the years, (I began attending Redfern in 1981) have become more and more included in the liturgy and the language of the liturgy; where children are accepted as themselves and where anyone can speak to an issue which they feel is relevant to the congregation.

This is a place where the Church truly accompanies people in their joys and sorrows, where people feel they can be themselves as they worship God. This is a place where the theology of the people has been greatly influenced by the presence and words of Father Ted Kennedy: without Ted St Vincent's would not be the vibrant place that it is.

by Marian McClelland SSS


Read it first, then copy it right