Resources which support the health of the ministry of the Clergy and Religious are an essential part of aiding the Archbishop to administer the Archdiocese.
From baptism to the administering of the last rites, our clergy are there with us celebrating or supporting us daily, weekly, monthly. Much like a family member, they are there for us in good times and in bad.
The Clergy Support Office reciprocates this level of care and ministry by attending to the spiritual and physical well-being of all diocesan clergy, whether they are retired or active, sick or on leave.
For active clergy this could take the form of ongoing formation to assist with their pastoral leadership in the parishes. For retired clergy, it can mean ensuring they have their medical and housing needs addressed and are able to live securely in a dignified retirement.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is also blessed by the generous commitment of many women and men religious living out of their particular charism within its boundaries. They contribute greatly to the richness of the spiritual life and ministry of the diocese through their witness, prayer and oblations (work).
The Vicar for Religious serves as the Archbishop’s delegate to interact with these women and men, be it from Religious Orders (Institutes of Consecrated Life) or in Communities (Societies of Apostolic Life).
By serving in a similar way to an ombudsman, the Vicar for Religious meets with individual religious and their superiors and either dialogues or assists on matters which are likely to affect the exercise of their ministry.