And would Fr David have
some specific examples of people who have been touched by St Canice’s and its
“One that springs to mind
is ‘Pat’ who is a middle-aged, non-binary trans person who has had a deeply
troubled life that began cruelly with much childhood abuse. Its family has
lived on the streets in this part of Sydney their whole life. The other day,
Pat came up and thanked me for the meal they’d just enjoyed in our Kitchen with
such profound and heartfelt gratitude. He said how important our Kitchen is to
them as a safe place of welcome. I’ve rarely been rewarded with such deep
thanks in my entire life, and it was terribly humbling.
Another was a young man
named ‘Nick’ about 19 years old who entered the church one Sunday during Mass.
He told me, on the steps of the church, that he’d never been to a Mass before
but was drawn in by the music and our beautiful neo-gothic, sandstone church.
He is typical of the young searchers in this part of Sydney who are lost in a
secular fog, but who are also drawn to beauty and intrigued by the mystery of our
faith. He said something that stayed with me, ‘I feel like my family’s
forgotten God, but I think I want to know what I’ve missed out on’.”
doubt, Fr General could feel that St Canice’s is making real the Ignatian
spirit of the UAPs!