HARMONY DAY CELEBRATION 2021
Last year, the Annual Diocesan Harmony Day celebration was cancelled at the 11th hour along with many other events throughout 2020 affected by the pandemic.
Therefore, there was a lot of joy in the room as we were able to gather together 12 months later for this very special event that highlights and celebrates the gift of Australia’s diversity, our sense of belonging.
On the 24th March 2021 the Catholic Multicultural Office Team hosted the 2021 Harmony Day Morning Tea for staff and special guests of the Adelaide Archdiocese. Due to Covid19 restrictions, around 70 people gathered at the Cathedral Hall for this special celebration including representatives from Centacare, Catholic Education Office, and Multi Communities. The majority of the participants were diocesan staff members.
Sr Nien Tran, the Manager of the Multicultural Office, welcomed and united us all. She said “Australia is a relatively small country with just over 25 million people but it is one of the best countries in the world with regard to its multicultural policies and services to migrant communities. Australia’s diversity is our richness and our strength”. Before the programme began, Basia Gebski acknowledged the traditional owners of our land. This year a special Harmony Tree was created holding scrolls of famous quotes promoting inclusion, unity in diversity, and multiculturalism for each participant to take home as a Harmony Day gift.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan spoke beautifully of our need to be Christ’s witness in all that we do, saying harmonious living with those around us is at the centre of our Christian life. This means that we must practice living with patience, kindness, tolerance, and of course love, in our everyday lives.
The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi, song and slides, perfectly summed up the Harmony Day message of peace, love and unity we must represent in our world, as Christians.
Please enjoy the pictures of our celebration of Harmony Day.