from main picture: Fr Dowling at his Ordination in 1958; speaking at the Parker
Moffit Society event; the “Family Counsellor” on air; and celebrating his 85th
birthday in 2017.
On Sunday 5 August, Fr Gerard Dowling OAM, Dean Emeritus and
CatholicCare’s Spiritual Director, celebrated his Diamond Jubilee marking 60
years since his Ordination to the Priesthood.
The Church of St Cecilia in Glen Iris was filled with guests
who came to share in the special Thanksgiving Eucharist; celebrated by Fr
Dowling along with Concelebrants Fr Kevin McGovern, Fr Kevin Dillon and Fr
Wearing the same vestments that he wore at his ordination, Fr
Dowling delivered a homily where he spoke of Jesus Christ’s sole wish for
people to be happy. In response, Fr Dowling has applied himself to 60 years of
ministry with a determination to improving people’s lives.
Fr Dowling joined CatholicCare as a Counsellor in 1963 and
currently serves as CatholicCare’s Spiritual Director. He has hosted “The
Family Counsellor” program on radio since 1973 and continues to provide
counselling support on RSN 927 every Sunday night.
All of us at CatholicCare are immensely grateful for
everything that Fr Dowling has contributed – and continues to do - to help
people in our community. We congratulate him on this magnificent milestone!