Adelaide welcomed us with the opening Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide Archdiocese, Most Rev Gregory O’Kelly SJ AM DD VG, the former Archbishop of Adelaide, the National Chaplain and local priests.
The Parade of Banners proceeding down the isle and turning left and right alternately was quite a spectacle.
We then proceeded to the Town Hall where we were able to mix with the many friends old and new of Catholic Women’s League Australia from all over our nation, while enjoying our morning tea.
The chosen venue for the Conference – Adelaide Town Hall – is a very spectacular building, quite ornate with a very grand pipe organ and beautiful chandeliers.
A statue of Queen Adelaide adorns the front lobby.
We appreciated the variety of the subjects from the many speakers – including Bishop of Darwin Eugene Hurley DD, a Para Olympian, Libby Kosmala OAM, also two panels including nuns and other interesting people.
A visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where Peter Smith (ATSIEC) was the guest speaker was highlighted by the premiere of a film from ATSIEC which incorporated the past and present – the visit of Pope John Paul 11 to Alice Springs 20 years ago and the commemoration service this year.
Our conference dinner was a great time to mix and meet people from all areas, once again set up beautifully in the town hall. We were entertained by Fiona O’Laughlin, comedienne star of “Spics and Specs”.
A very impressive presentation from Olya Kolomyjec, the President of Ukranian Catholic Women’s League, who by her example has shown that Catholic Women are looking and willing to join an organization like ours. She has from scratch enlisted in a very short time a large number of members.
(Catholic Weekly interview with Olya)
The companionship among our own delegation of 41 members was very enjoyable.
Adelaide people were always very helpful to their visitors and directed whenever they could. Much sightseeing was enjoyed before and after the Conference. Wollongong members invaded a few local restaurants (over 30 ladies at one time) and found the Adelaide cuisine enjoyable and reasonably priced.