I arrived home at 11:45pm last night after four great “parties” in a row. Here is the story:
Party One: The (mostly) Melbourne (mostly) Catholic Bloggers Get-together.
Location: My office.
Attendees: Joshua of Psallite Sapienter (the excuse for the Get-together as he was visiting from WA), Jeff Tan of One Bread, One Body, Athanasius of the Regensburg Conspiracy, and Fraser Pearce of Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum (the lone non-Catholic — he is proving very resistant to our attempts to convert him!).
Apologies: Marco Vervoost (aka Bob Catholic) of 3rd Blog from the right and Shannon Donahoo (ex-blogger, now Corpus Christi Seminary student)
Not invited because not Catholic but might as well have come anyway since Fraser was there (we’ll ask him next time just to spice up the conversation): LP Cruz of Extra Nos, Past Elder (but he lives to far away anyway)
Served: Good coffee from my office espresso machine and Halal bikkies.
Party Two: Monica O’Shea’s farewell party
Location: The courtyard outside my office at the Cardinal Knox Centre
Attendees: Monica, of course, of Miss Monification, who is on her way to London to work for the Soho parish, all the above mentioned bloggers, our hosts, Jim O’Farrell and the staff of Catholic Communications, other Archdiocesan staff and loads of interesting people.
Served: BBQ sausages and beer and good wine.
Party Three: Dr Tracey Rowland’s Book Launch of “Ratzinger’s Faith”
Location: Thomas Carr Centre
Attendees: Tracey, her husband Stewart who did the honours of MCing the event, His Lordship, Bishop Peter Elliot (who spoke very entertainingly about “Ratzinger’s Faith” chief publishing rival “Joseph and Chico“), His Grace, Archbishop Denis Hart, students and friends of the John Paul II Institute, and a host of other very, very interesting people
Served: Excellent finger food and loads of good wine.
Party Four: Impromptu gathering after the St Stephen’s Guild mass in the Cathedral
Location: Spaghetti Tree, Bourke Street
Attendees: Fr Gregory Pritchard, two visiting Kentucky priests of the Fathers of Mercy mission team, Fraser and self.
Served: Coffee and Brushetta (with too much onion).
A good time really was had by all.