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”

Women and the Diaconate – Plenary Council and WATAC Presents

Check out MOTION 54! The motions to be voted on at the second session of the Plenary Council of the Australian Catholic Church, in July, have been released. And MOTION 54 is one to watch, discern and discuss. Here is the relevant part: THEREFORE, this Plenary Council commits the Church in Australia to overcoming theContinue reading “Women and the Diaconate – Plenary Council and WATAC Presents”

Liturgy’s Power in the Force

If anyone could tell you about the permanent diaconate, and liturgy on the margins, it is Deacon Jim Curtain. He has been ordained for 27 years, and has had the blessing of full-time ministry throughout that time. He has journeyed from air force chaplaincy to school ministry to director of mission in hospitals to diocesanContinue reading “Liturgy’s Power in the Force”