St Phoebe 2023 and Elizabeth Visits the Abbey

Two items today. Firstly, our Australian Catholics Exploring the Diaconate group is planning a special event for the Feast of St Phoebe 2023. It will take the form of a retreat for those interested in the permanent diaconate, and will be a chance to get together in person. We are planning to have times ofContinue reading “St Phoebe 2023 and Elizabeth Visits the Abbey”

Going into the Deep – National Deacons’ Conference

I have just come back from the National Deacons’ Conference at Baulkham Hills, NSW, with the theme song still ringing in my ears: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” The song, as well as the display and so many of the conference talks and materials were specially created for the days of the 13-16th ofContinue reading “Going into the Deep – National Deacons’ Conference”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”