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2043 L Mon 21 Jan 2002

For Mass at the Cathedral yesterday Archbishop Hart was back. About the first six rows were filled with altar servers who were here for a conference with the Guild of Saint Stephen. In hi s homily, Archbishop Hart spoke about being an altar server himself.

Two of the altar servers, one male the other female, did the first two readings wearing albs. It would have been better if Andrew Keswick did them. He was instituted as a lector on the same day as me, on 27 February 2000. Yesterday he was in the sanctuary as an altar server, so with an instituted lector being available he should have done the readings.

Here is a press release from the Guild of Saint Stephen website about the conference:

The Guild of St Stephen for Altar Servers is holding its 16th National Conference in Melbourne in January 2002.

The Conference is open to all altar servers in year seven and above, as well as clergy, religious and all who are interested in liturgy and the ministry of serving.

The Conference is to be held at the Bayview Conference Centre from 17--22 January, 2002. The theme chosen for the Conference is "We Serve The Lord." A focus on the life of the server, and how they can serve God better in their Christian lives, as well as at the Altar.
The Conference is a good balance of talks, workshops, recreation and free time as well as an excursion on the Sunday after Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. 

The Conference timetable will include prayer and Mass daily, a talk or seminar discussion in the morning and free time and recreation in the afternoons. The evening sessions will be a mixture of meetings, organised recreation in the afternoons. The evening sessions will be a mixture of meetings, organised recreation and time for relaxing.

The Conference fee is $250.00 per person which include all meals, twin share accommodation and full use of the Conference Centre facilities. A single room supplement is available. The fee does not include travel to and from Melbourne. Bayview Conference Centre, Clayton is located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, about 20 minutes drive from the city. It is located on spacious grounds with sports fields and tennis court nearby; convenient to Monash Sports Centre and swimming pool; air conditioned, excellent conference and dining facilities.

National Conferences are held every two years. The last Conference was in Perth. Expressions of interest have already been received from several states in Australia.

For further information and a registration form, please contact Fr Gregory Pritchard, 14 Bedford Road, Ringwood, Victoria 3134. Or email the guild at 

It is encouraging to see that level of organisation and expenditure on liturgical training.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 21 January 2002.

Links to other sites:

Guild of Saint Stephen website

Archbishop Hart's homilies