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About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.

MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2018: Day Three (Thursday 19 April) – Tathra to Murrah Hall via Tathra-Bermagui Road

I stayed up too late last night writing up my journal, so I’m going to try to be a little more brief this evening. It should not be hard – today was less eventful. Thankfully. One thing that complicated matters … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2018: Day Two (Wednesday 18 April) – Merimbula to Tathra via Coast

“Today was in some senses the best day and some senses the worst day thus far (there have only been two days, admittedly). We started late – largely because we had a cooked breakfast (I cooked) of scrambled eggs, ham, … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2018: Day One (Tuesday 17 April) – Eden to Merimbula via Nethercote

Wow. I haven’t been this sore since my first day on the Aussie Camino in 2014 when we did 36km from Portland to Cape Bridgewater via Nelson Lighthouse. That’s where I met Sean all those years ago. I also completely … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2018: (Monday 16 April) – Melbourne to Eden

It’s on again! Tonight we are back in Eden, NSW, where we finished off the second leg of our pilgrimage last Easter from Orbost in Victoria. To this point we had covered 690km of our overall project to walk from … Continue reading

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“Jerusalem is built as a city…” – Psalm 122 (121):3

Currently our JCMA text reading group is reading Karen Armstrong’s history of Jerusalem. We had quite a lively discussion on this, and will continue it next month after Easter/Passover when we meet on April 10. Coincidentally, a friend of mine … Continue reading

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Plans for the 2018 leg of the MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage

Sean, Josh and I are currently planning the next section of our MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage (click here for more information), this time from Eden NSW to Ulladulla NSW. Our schedule will be as follows: Monday 16 April: Travel Melbourne to … Continue reading

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Answering a question: “How to live best alongside Muslims in Australia?”

I was asked recently to write an article for a Christian congregation’s monthly newsletter. The editor wanted me to answer the question “How to live best alongside Muslims in Australia?” Clearly the question isn’t posed in the way that I … Continue reading

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A Sacred Pilgrimage

We had our monthly JCMA Text Group meeting today. Sometimes we choose a genre to focus on, and sometimes a theme. Today was on the theme of “Journey”, as a number of members of our group (including myself as SCE … Continue reading

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The MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage

        An Australian pilgrimage trail in honour of St Mary MacKillop and her co-founder Fr Julian Tenison Woods. For all posts on the MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage and an explanation of the undertaking, click here.

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MacKillop-Woods Way 2017: Day Ten (27 April) – Mary MacKillop Hall, Mass and Travelling Home from Eden

For all posts on the MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage and an explanation of the undertaking, click here. Distance home to Boronia by car: 538km (6hrs 20min driving) It is a fact often overlooked that in the centuries before the transport revolution, when … Continue reading

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