A Vision from God

Vanessa Comninos was an optometrist, helping people with their physical vision. But one day, her sister reminded her of Jesus’ call to Simon Peter, “drop your nets and follow me”. So Vanessa set out into the deep to help people with their spiritual vision: to see God and for God to see them. That wasContinue reading “A Vision from God”

Gail Gill – Still on the Journey

This week we are privileged to hear from Gail Gill in her own words – thanks so much for sharing your story, Gail! And STOP PRESS – the Working Document for the Continental Stage of the 2023-2024 Synod of Bishops has just come out. It mentions permanent deacons a few times, including that they mayContinue reading “Gail Gill – Still on the Journey”

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

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”

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”

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”

Working in God’s Zone

“It was meant to be.” That is Mary Anne Gordon’s firm conviction about her current role as a remote rural pastoral worker. “I believe I got this job because the Holy Spirit wanted me to.” And it all started way out west in the back o’ Bourke… Literally. Mary Anne grew up in a farmingContinue reading “Working in God’s Zone”

Ministry in the Church – a career pathway?

Sometimes, when people hear of difficult professional experiences she has faced, friends ask Lisa Bright why she doesn’t leave the Church. But it is where she finds “life to the full”. It is where she journeys with and accompanies others to live life to the full. It is where she feels God’s presence and helpsContinue reading “Ministry in the Church – a career pathway?”