Three Stories of Three Tables

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, 1 June 2023 Picture a uniquely Australian scene. A pub, in a town of no more than 50 residents, in the middle of the desert. Alcohol is forbidden outside this building, so it has become a focal point for the community. People are coming in, more and more of them. ThereContinue reading “Three Stories of Three Tables”

Living Canon 517 §2

John and Uta France, 25 May 2023 John and Uta France have been empowered by a Church prepared to be creative, in order to respond to the needs for ministry in the world. In the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese in 2014, Bishop Bill Wright commissioned them to be leaders, and they have received and grown in thisContinue reading “Living Canon 517 §2”

The Tables in My Life

Sr Jwan Kada IBVM, 18 May 2023 Sr Jwan Kada’s experiences of faith and ministry have been centred around tables, and for her, they are always eucharistic. It all started as she grew up in Iraq, fully immersed in the Chaldean Catholic Church. Before she was a teenager, Jwan would perform ‘Mass’ for her family,Continue reading “The Tables in My Life”

Handing Down the Ministry

Rev. Nicholas Rundle, 11 May 2023 For Rev. Nicholas Rundle, church ministry is in the family. Quite literally, his mother Rev. Beryl Rundle has handed down her example. And now, Nicholas serves others in a spiritual way, with special attention to their hands.  That story will come later, but let’s start with some of theirContinue reading “Handing Down the Ministry”

Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – the Seven Delegated and Sent

Elizabeth Young rsm, 1 May 2023 This week I was privileged to be asked to preach for Catholic Women Preach, a global project that uses modern technology to bring the voices of diverse Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel. On this Fifth Sunday of Easter, like the early followers of Jesus, we areContinue reading “Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – the Seven Delegated and Sent”

Being Catholic, Imaging Christ and Belisi

Cecilia Tan, 20 April 2023 Elizabeth: Tell me a bit about your own ministry journey. Cecilia: My ministry journey is unseparated from the person I am, from what I understand as the call to live out my Christian faith in the best way possible. I became cognisant of this from an early age, as aContinue reading “Being Catholic, Imaging Christ and Belisi”

Women and the Permanent Diaconate? Fears and Hopes

Elizabeth Young rsm, 13 April 2023, First published in The Diaconate, National Association of Deacons of Australia Newsletter, March 2023, Issue 7 Along our journey of life, we all have hopes and fears about the future. We hope for a liveable interdependent Earth. We hope for world peace. We fear the growth of inequality andContinue reading “Women and the Permanent Diaconate? Fears and Hopes”

Crumbs from the Banquet Table

Robyn Presdee, 30 March 2023 As COVID started to loom large, more and more restrictions came into place. The South Coast Correctional Centre decided that everyone over a certain age had to work from home. This affected one of the chaplains, Deacon Peter Presdee, who was working inside full-time. His wife, Robyn Presdee, was doingContinue reading “Crumbs from the Banquet Table”

The ‘Religious Dude’ and Much More!

Deacon Mark Kelly, 23 March 2023 From the navy to the power industry to the education system to the Church, Deacon Mark Kelly has had an interesting journey. Yet all of his experiences have made him who he is, and he “absolutely believes” that the Holy Spirit has been involved in spades.  After growing upContinue reading “The ‘Religious Dude’ and Much More!”

It’s Already Here; It’s Alive and Well!

Cathy Jones, 16 March 2023 Some of our readers may recall the story of Sr Gerri Boylan, Administrator and Pastoral Leader of the remote Western Australian gold-mining towns of Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. Well, recently I had the privilege of hearing from her successor, Cathy Jones, who appears to be the perfect candidate. CathyContinue reading “It’s Already Here; It’s Alive and Well!”