The People Know That We Care

Sr Kerry Keenan RSJ is a country girl at heart, practical and ready to do whatever is asked of her. A dyed-in-the-wool Crows supporter in the AFL, she finds that footy is a great way to connect with people. And she has been asked to take on some very diaconal ministry in rural South Australia.Continue reading The People Know That We Care

Feast of St Phoebe Webinar

Perhaps you have been following some of the news around deacons, but would like to know more? Perhaps you would like to connect with others who are interested in this space? Perhaps you would like to pray and acknowledge our significant diaconal exemplars and tradition? The Australian Catholics Exploring the Diaconate would like to inviteContinue reading “Feast of St Phoebe Webinar”

Nourishing My People

Erica Bernard is at home in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, where she has ancestral roots as a Yawuru (Broome) and Kidja (Halls Creek) woman. She has been working in Catholic Education for over 20 years, and is currently the Community Liaison Officer for the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia, based in Broome.Continue reading “Nourishing My People”

Picking up the Peaces of the Plenary

My first instinct was to write ‘picking up the pieces’ of last week’s Australian Plenary Council. It certainly would have a ring of truth. I have received many emails and phone calls expressing pain, disillusionment, anger and even trauma. There was a midweek crisis in which the motions relating to “Witnessing to the Equal DignityContinue reading “Picking up the Peaces of the Plenary”

The Nexus between Liturgy, Pastoral Care and Social Justice

Today, Anne Muirhead shares her story in her own words.1 At the end of my first year of teaching, my Principal, Deirdre Rofe ibvm, asked me to consider taking on the role of Liturgy Co-ordinator for our P-12 girls’ school. I asked for 24 hours to think about it and then headed straight to theContinue reading “The Nexus between Liturgy, Pastoral Care and Social Justice”

To Lead, To Teach, To Include

Anne Hansen looks around her church as people are gathered together for liturgy. She thinks of all the different stories among the assembly: the broken-hearted, the alienated, the rejected. And for the few minutes that they are together as the Body of Christ, something happens that is “very graced and blessed”. In the word, theContinue reading “To Lead, To Teach, To Include”

In the Media

In the last couple of weeks, we have been sharing this conversation in other media outlets. Thank you to everyone who has listened and been willing to discuss and discern together! Rev. Sandy Boyce and Elizabeth Young RSM presented in a session by Women and the Australian Church about women and the diaconate. See: WATACContinue reading “In the Media”

Giving Voice in the Body of Christ

For Fiona Dyball, making music means doing our part, then opening ourselves up to the mystery. “It moves in you and there is a kind of sacred joy that comes from partnering with the Spirit.” In this, she finds that many musicians are “innately spiritual”.  Fiona’s connections between faith, music, spirituality and justice took rootContinue reading “Giving Voice in the Body of Christ”

Not Just a Liturgical Frill

Deacon Justin Stanwix tells me that he is one of the oldest ordained deacons in the country, so he has a lot to offer over many years of observing and participating in ministry. He started a long and fruitful involvement with the Church in his uni days, soaking up the implementation of Vatican II inContinue reading “Not Just a Liturgical Frill”