Free to Help those in Need

Three “pivotal moments” stand out for Sr Helen Stannard RSM as she was discerning to join the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta 25 years ago. While on an overseas holiday, the promptings from God became virtually unmistakable. Helen ended up in Notre Dame de Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy) church for Mass on a French island,Continue reading “Free to Help those in Need”

Formation to Become “Our Deacon”

Fr Jim McKeon’s job is to prepare men to be permanent deacons in the Diocese of Broken Bay. Although he considers himself only a “common garden variety parish priest”, he is clearly much more than that, and brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the ministry of formation. It all started in 2008 whenContinue reading “Formation to Become “Our Deacon””

Building Up the Faith of Others

Sr Liz Morris RSJ was very keen to be interviewed for this blog. As she told me clearly, “Women are already doing diaconate ministry. It is just not called that.” Liz is part of our quest to shine a light on what already has been, and is, occurring in terms of ministry to serve theContinue reading “Building Up the Faith of Others”

John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley This is part 3 of a series. First, Anthony looked at Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons, then Adding food and funds to Acts 6. Thanks, Anthony! This is the third in a series of contributions to this blog. I am sharing some basic information about how we developedContinue reading John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

Feasting with St Phoebe

Last Saturday we had the privilege of virtually meeting together, praying and hearing some incredible speakers on the Feast of St Phoebe. You can watch the whole of the Webinar here: Our group was overwhelmed by the interest in this, our first event. We had well over 400 registrations and of the Zoom attendees, atContinue reading “Feasting with St Phoebe”

Adding food and funds to Acts 6

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley Before hearing from Anthony below, a reminder that you can see him speak as well as Dr Phyllis Zagano at our webinar for the Feast of St Phoebe, on this Saturday at 10am AEST. If you have registered, please make sure that you have received the Zoom link byContinue reading “Adding food and funds to Acts 6”

Finding God in All Things

In a reflection she gave for International Women’s Day 2021,1 our blog subject describes herself as “Sue Martin – Jesuit”. Sue has found her calling and identity as a Jesuit woman living on Darug land, as well as a “daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, colleague, peer, chair, mentor, educator, coloniser, landcarer, netballer,Continue reading Finding God in All Things

Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley I have had the privilege of sometimes meeting with a small network of Catholics exploring ministry and the ministry of deacon in our Australian context. One of the suggestions from that network is that I might consider contributing a few short pieces to this blog to provide some foodContinue reading Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?

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”