I moved out of living in a religious community in 1992
to live alone, I chose to adopt Redfern as my parish
community. I had experienced the challenge of Ted at
Masses in Redfern when I lived in the area ten years
before. I chose to come to Redfern because I valued
the ethos of the place. I wanted my thinking challenged
and I knew that would happen in Ted's homilies. I wanted
to be with people who lived the challenge of the Gospel
and didn't just talk about the poor. I admired the many
people who were concerned about social justice and were
prepared to do something about it. I loved having some
contact with the aboriginal people themselves. I have
learned so much from their care for one another.
I appreciate about Redfern, is that Ted has created
there a space where anyone can feel completely at home.
Everyone is welcome and the sense of acceptance is strong.
I feel it is a place where people can experience honesty
and freedom. Ted has made this possible by his honesty
in his homilies, by his trust of his community, and
by his personal interest in each member. He knows us
all by name and is interested in us. He welcomes and
encourages people to take initiatives, and he respects
and supports them when they do. While Ted has been the
heart of the community, it is a community of equals
… there is no sense of clerical domination ... anyone
with anything to contribute to the community is more
than welcome to share. I sense that at Redfern we have
a model of church that works. People care about each
other. People take time to communicate with one another.
It is people who matter at St
not external show. I'm sure Jesus of Nazareth would
feel very comfortable in our community.
by Pat Kennedy