Monday, January 12, 2009

BLOGNIC ALERT: The Second Annual Melbourne Catholic Bloggers Gathering (Sunday 25th January 6pm )

"Blognic" is a Fr Z. term for a gathering of bloggers for eating, drinking and conversation. We had one of these early last year (or was it late 2007 - can't remember - too long ago anyway) when we gathered here to farewell Monica and to attend the launch of Dr Tracey Rowland's book "Ratzinger's Faith".

Book launches seem a great opportunity for this sort of thing, and so Joshua (from Psallite Sapienter) and I have decided to call a Blognic (aka the 2nd Annual Melbourne Catholic Bloggers Gathering) for Sunday 25th of January at 6pm for dinner together and then to attend the launch of Dr Adam Cooper's new book "Life in the Flesh: An anti-gnostic spiritual philosophy".

The Book launch, which is at the Australian Catholic University (115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy) from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, will also include Bishop Christopher Prowse as guest speaker on the topic ‘Making sense of human suffering – hope, witness and redemption.’

If you are interested, and can join us, please RSVP in the com-box. We won't exclude non-Catholic bloggers - we'll be ecumenical on this issue, I think! I haven't thought of a meeting place just yet, but once we know who is coming we can organise where we meet and eat.


At Monday, January 12, 2009 2:12:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Schutz,
I'm sure you will understand if The Warden, Mr Public Opinion, Hound and I excuse ourselves from attending. Although if its a public bar or restaurant, we may be the persons in the corner pretending to read newspapers.

At Monday, January 12, 2009 2:37:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

You could wear masks, perhaps...?

(who was that masked man sitting next you, Josh?)

At Monday, January 12, 2009 3:17:00 pm , Blogger Arabella-m said...

I'm not a blogger, but a regular commenter in Catholic blog com-boxes, and will be in Melbourne at that time.

Maybe I'll join the other persons in the corner!

At Monday, January 12, 2009 3:24:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Come along, Arabella - you know you would be most welcome! I should make the point that regular commentators are also welcome!

(Commentators can be in charge of checking for anyone lurking behind newspapers in the corner!)

Keep checking the blog as the time draws near and I will announce our meeting location.

At Monday, January 12, 2009 4:01:00 pm , Blogger Past Elder said...

You gonna not buy me those Qantas tix again this year?

At Monday, January 12, 2009 4:10:00 pm , Blogger Joshua said...


You'd be most welcome, just as Trent offered safe-conducts to the then-revolting Protestants!

But alas on my salary I can't pay for your ticket; have you tried gambling to raise the funds? It's a very Catholic way to do it!

At Monday, January 12, 2009 4:11:00 pm , Blogger Joshua said...

And I look forward to meeting up with all and sundry, and promise not to reveal the identities of any of the Coo-ees crowd (I've only worked out whom one of them is anyway)...

At Monday, January 12, 2009 4:40:00 pm , Blogger Br Pelagius said...

Herr Shutz,

Despite desperate pleas from Br Momus to allow us to attend, Br Prior has not moved from his original position. Plus we fear, by the time we return to The Priory for the night, it may be after Sr Magdalene's bedtime.

Please pass on our warmest wishes to all Priory pilgrims.

At Monday, January 12, 2009 5:21:00 pm , Blogger Past Elder said...

Hey, we're still revolting.

(Another joke. We even make them about ourselves.)

On my salary I can't pay for my ticket either.

Guess I'll plunk a Crocodile Dundee DVD in, and see if I can get Lito to go loaded for bear for both of us. A least his blog made the blogroll here.

At Monday, January 12, 2009 5:54:00 pm , Anonymous matthias said...

I will not be there as I do not know what Mrs Matthias has planned,and I am also contemplating going to the Seafarers Mass at St Augustines at 8.00pm. A spiritual smorgasboard.

At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 4:16:00 pm , Blogger L P Cruz said...


I will try and come, I got my metal jacket handy.


At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 4:16:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Time, Matty, for you to eat with us (Mrs Matty notwithstanding) and THEN go to the Seafarers mass instead of the Book Launch!

LP Cruz would be welcome - we'd love to meet him. Jeff, can you come and bring your work colleague along?

PE, I am thinking about putting one of those little paypal buttons in the sidebar with "Donations for PE to come to Oz Blognic" on it...

At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:28:00 pm , Blogger Joshua said...

Any ideas yet about where we could dine?

I note that the day assigned will be the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (the 3rd in Boring Time), or, better, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. How beaut!

At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:36:00 pm , Blogger Joshua said...


You have an amusing misprint above: Dr Cooper's book is "anti-gnostic" not "anti-agnostic"!

At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 8:25:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Thanks, Josh. Amusing. I've corrected it.

No thoughts yet. Yes, we are celebrating Conversion of StP in our parish that day. Is there a "Damascus" street or restaurant in Melbourne?

LP, not quite sure how your answer to my invite got posted before the actual invite - weird. Anyway, I should reword my invite and ask you to make sure that you bring Jeff with you.

Which raises the question: There's a few of you we haven't heard from yet:

Fraser Pearce (he can chose whether he wants to be an honourary Catholic Blogger for the night - or whether he will sit on LP Cruz's side of the table!)
Marco Vervoost

Are you guys coming?

At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 3:14:00 am , Blogger Past Elder said...

Fraser can have my seat, because I can't make it but if I did I'd sure as hell be on LPC's side of the table!

At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:59:00 am , Anonymous matthias said...

If I come where do i sit? I am neither Lutheran - was once-or catholic,just Baptist. Oh i know I will stand there and have a look on my face ,like a bad case of indigestion,whenever I am offered the demon drink ([pass the Guiness udner the table please joshua)

At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:25:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

We will find a place that serves Guiness for you, Matthias!

At Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:48:00 am , Blogger Miss Monification said...

The Imperial is always good! So is the Cricker's Bar... The Commune is closer ... Depends what you want really! Sigh... wish I could come and help you decide Schutzy.

At Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:57:00 am , Anonymous Christine said...

Matthias (I love the name Matthias!), you will sit anywhere you darn well please! This Catholic would be delighted to make your acquaintance!

PE will be required to recite the entire Summa by heart even if he is sitting on LPC's side :-)

At Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:05:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Hiya Mon! How's it going? When are you going to put something new up on your blog to let us know what's happening?

At Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:02:00 pm , Blogger L P Cruz said...


It is hard being infamous, but someone has to be it. (LOL)

But I think PE and I should be very very happy to sing A Mighty Fortress.(LOL)


At Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:33:00 pm , Blogger Past Elder said...

Hell Lito, A Mighty Fortress was the recessional hymn when I graduated from die Abtei's university!

At Friday, January 16, 2009 1:42:00 am , Anonymous Christine said...

Hi Lito,

Well, since A Mighty Fortress is in just about every hymnal these days (including at my Catholic parish) we can ALL sing it together!

At Monday, January 19, 2009 3:19:00 pm , Blogger Joshua said...

David et al.,

We'd better decide where we'll be meeting ASAP!

(BTW, owing to my earlier plans for staying with friends in Caulfield having fallen through, I'll be lodging in Parkville instead.)

At Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:11:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Yes, I will make a new post on this. Check the main blog.

My suggestion at this point is that we should meet at the Cathedral gardens by the statues of St Francis and St Catherine on the Eastern Side at 5:30pm (I presume it won't be raining - if it is, we gather under the cloisters of the Cardinal Knox Building close by).

We can decide where we eat then.

At Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:13:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

If you are coming, please email me at and I will give you my mobile phone number so you can contact me on the evening.


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