From the Archbishop
WE gathered recently for the presentation of The Catholic Leader Community Leader Awards in the Hanly Room of the Francis Rush Centre.
Fr James Hanly was the pioneer priest of Brisbane, which was a very different place in the mid-nineteenth century. He provided a unique kind of leadership in planting the seed of the Catholic Church in Brisbane.
Times and places change, but the need for leadership remains, as does the profile of true leadership. In the Church, it’s tempting to think that leadership is exercised only by people like popes, bishops, priests and religious.
But the Church depends on all kinds of leadership from all kinds of people.
The Community Leader Awards are an excellent initiative because they recognise leadership from people who can be easily overlooked.
The people who received the Awards weren’t necessarily the people who make the headlines, but they are the people who make the Church happen on the ground.
That’s why the Awards matter.
As we strive to shape a more synodal Church now and create the future that God wants, leadership is crucial, not just because of what leaders say and do but because of the climate they can create – a climate that enables new possibilities and makes new things happen.