Canonisation creates interest in Catholic Faith

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In  2010  the  Catholic  Enquiry  Centre  has  experienced  a  surge  in  the  number  of  people  enquiring  about  the  Catholic  faith,  mainly  due  to  the  overwhelmingly  positive  publicity  around  the  Canonisation  of  Mary  MacKillop.

To  date  the  Centre  has  sent  catechetical  material  to  721  enquirers,  63%  more  than  last  year’s  total  enquirers.

The  Catholic  Enquiry  Centre  is  an  agency  of  the  Australian  Catholic  Bishops  Conference.  It  offers  free  catechetical  information  to  those  who  are  not  Catholic  but  are  interested  in  finding  out  more  about  the  Catholi  faith.  For  those  who  are  ready  to  become  Catholic  the  Centre  is  able  to  put  enquirers  in  contact  with  their  local  parish.

Director  of  the  Catholic  Enquiry  Centre,  Marita  Winters,  says  “Our  advertising  this  year  has  proved  to  be  very,  very  successful.  Not  only  did  we  promote  the  Catholic  message  through  Sunday  papers  but  we  also  had  a  full  page  advertisement  in  the  Australian Womens  Weekly,  one  of  Australia’s  most  popular  magazines.  Of  course  the  positive  publicity  around  the  Canonisation  of  Mary  MacKillop  has  generated  a  lot  of  the  increased  interest;  27%  of  all  enquiries  this  year  were  received  during  October  alone.”

“We  are  grateful  to  the  Sisters  of  St  Joseph  for  permission  to  use  Mary  MacKillop’s  image  in  our  advertising.  We  hope  and  pray  that  St  Mary  of  the  Cross  will  continue  to  call  people  to  a  life  of  faith  in  the  Catholic  tradition,  and  that  the  Catholic  Enquiry  Centre  might  respond  to  her  command:  ‘Never  see  a  need  without  trying  to  remedy  it’  (Original  Rule,  1871)”.

Anyone  wanting  to  find  out  more  about  the  Catholic  faith,  or  to  make  a  donation  to support  enquirers,  are  welcome  to  contact  the  Catholic  Enquiry  Centre  on  1300  4  FAITH  (1300  432  484).

 

Source: Australian Catholic Church