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Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care shows 'face of Christ'


BISHOP John Gerry has described Brisbane archdiocese's Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care as a "world first" in a homily given during the ministry's silver jubilee and Annual Healing Mass last weekend.

The bishop, now retired, also paid tribute to CPPC's founders - Fr Jim Smith and Janine De Maria - at the Mass celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Fortitude Valley, last Saturday morning.

"Behind every great man is a great woman," the bishop told the packed church.

"Certainly, we have many examples in our Church history of holy men and women working together, supporting one another, to do great things for people in the name of God, and inspiring followers."

Among those mentioned were St Paul and Lydia in Philippi, St Clare and St Francis in Assisi and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods.

He suggested Fr Smith and Mrs De Maria as a further example in modern-day Brisbane, through what they had achieved at CPPC.

Bishop Gerry, who as the archdiocese's Vicar for Social Response was involved in CPPC's early days, said "my dearest desire was that the compassionate face of Christ should shine through the 'face of the Church' at every level".

"CPPC has been true to that vision."


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