The Coadjutor-Archbishop of Sydney.
New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 49, 5 December 1901, Page 20
The Coadjutor-Archbishop of Sydney.
At a meeting of the Dioc- fan Synod of Sydney, which took place at St. Patrii k's Colhge, Manly, on November 14, there was a record attendance of the cK-rgy, no fewer than 130 being present AddreiWH were presented to At ch bishop Kelly from the clergy of thearchdircese, and from the students of St. Patricks Seminary. TheCoadjutor-Aichbishop. in replying-. Paid he had experienced the greatest pleasure in receiving the addresses that had been presented to him. Ho desired to take the earliest opportunity of recognising the action of the clere-y in nominating him some 12 months ago to the position of Coadjutor-Archbishop of Sydney. It would indeed be very ungrateful of him if he refrained from acknowledging the consideration that had been shown to him. In a sense, it made thrni responsible for bin future career, and it gave him additional reason tor relying upon thi ir kindness and cooperation. With regard to the Cardiual, his (Ur. Kelly V) main duty as Coadjutor whr to be as the son of the father in the ininistiy of the Gospel. With regard to tho body of the clergy, be came amongst them as a fellow-labourer. Their work was most important for themselves and for the people. Unforcunately the prevailing tone of society was indifference to religion, and this with other dangers to the spiritual and moral well-being of the people had to be encountered, and, if possible, removed. A great means to that end besides personal sanctificition was the organisation of the flock, the propogation of Bound teaching, the distribution of wholesome literature, and perhaps most ot nil personal pastoral visits, so that each member of the flock would feel himself or herself to be personally known to the priei-t Addressing Uih studentn, Archbishop Kelly said he had every reason to congratulate them uuon their semiuary ami us future prospects. To lay the foundation of the future perfection wlu>'h would be neceshdry for them in wuhs'anrtinir the dangers and temptations that awaited them through hto, it wua nectnaary thut they should spend the years ot their opening manhood in retirement and in prayer Ihey should ley the foundation vt a M)iid learning so MS to arrive (it the fctaixhird fixed by the Divine authority, the Light of the World. It was not meant that they should know everything, but tht y t tumid he solidly im-trueted in the eccleniastical sciences and tiuincd in their practical application to the questions of the day He txpre^id Ins b'rong interest in the seminary at Manly, and his belief that t,uch an institution would contribute largely to the welfare of the people and the glory of God. In conclusion, tho Archbibhop said that s-uccess in his duties was to him of immediate importance equivalent to the question of his own salvation, and lrom that point of view there was no occasion for inordinate anxiety. A well-known spiritual writer bad said that a certain man whs perplexed and anxious about bis salyation, and deeply pondered on the thought, ' If I did but knowthat I should be sav(d' 'lhete came to him the reply, ' And if you did know, what would you do.'' And then the suggestion, 1 Do now what you would Jo then, and you will be very becure.' His hope in undertaking the position of Coadjutor to his Eminence was that he would have the kind and generous co-operation and confidence of his fellow-laborers, and he- would put forth his most sincere endeavors to do something, if not much, for the bemfit, of the clergy, the welfare of the people, the good of the Commonwealth and, above all, for the glory ot God,
At the conclusion of the proceedings his Eminence the Cardinal delivered a hhurt aiidrets in the cour.-e of he humorously informed the Archbishop that in bin new position he would find hinii-elt responsible ior a pood deal of work.