Diocese of Parramatta acknowledged in State Parliament

12 March 2021
NSW Member for Prospect Dr Hugh McDermott (C) poses for a photograph with his wife, two of his daughters and Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, at the Legal Red Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: Mary Brazell/Diocese of Parramatta

 

The Diocese of Parramatta’s efforts to honour those in the legal profession and those who are working to end modern slavery have been acknowledged in NSW parliament.

NSW Member for Prospect Dr Hugh McDermott recently addressed parliament on his attendance at the Annual Legal Red Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta and the Feast Day Mass for St Josephine Bakhita at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown. Both events were held in early February.

Please find below Dr McDermott’s full statements from parliament:


LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

HANSARD

10 FEBRUARY 2021

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT

SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA

 

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect)—Saint Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking as well as Sudan and South Sudan. On the 8th of February a feast day Mass was held at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown, hosted by the Most Reverend Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta.

Saint Josephine was sold into slavery as a child, stripped of her identity, she was beaten and tortured. She was freed from her enslavement by the Italian courts and was able to live out her life in freedom as a Canossian Sister.

Together we prayed for the victims of human trafficking, that they may find peace and rebuild their lives after the traumatic experiences that they have suffered. We recommitted to the fight against modern slavery, to free all those who have been trapped in this barbaric practice.

Modern Slavery continues to be a blight on all of us and Saint Josephine Bakhita should be an inspiration for the people of NSW to fight to end slavery. Together we will continue to press for the introduction of the Modern Slavery law that will protect victims of human trafficking.

Hugh McDermott MP

State Member for Prospect

 

 

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

HANSARD

17 FEBRUARY 2021

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT

RED MASS, PARRAMATTA

 

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect)—Recently my family and I attended the Red Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. The Red Mass is an important tradition in the Catholic Church that has been celebrated since the 12th Century.

The Red Mass brings together the members of the legal profession and judiciary annually to reflect and pray ahead of the opening of the Legal year. This year was the 90th year that the Mass had been held at the Sydney Archdiocese and it was a privilege for my family to complete the Offertory.

I have been a part of the Red Mass for many years and it’s always good to connect with colleagues – past and present. I’d like to acknowledge the Saint Thomas More Society for organising the successful event. I’d also like to thank Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, for celebrating the Mass.

Saint Thomas More set the standard for the conduct of the Legal profession as they seek truth, justice and defence of the innocent. He is an inspiration for many around the world and I know my colleagues in the Parliament of New South Wales, as well as in the legal profession take solace from his example.

Hugh McDermott MP

State Member for Prospect

 

VIEW: Images from the Legal Red Mass here.

VIEW: Images from the St Josephine Bakhita Feast Day Mass here.

 

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