Living One’s Baptism to the Full

Synodality – a new word and a new way of thinking. Although Pope Francis has only recently coined the term, Dr Elissa Roper is already an expert on the topic. Just last year she completed her PhD thesis on the theme, “Synodality and Authenticity: Towards a Contemporary Ecclesiology for the Catholic Church” at the UniversityContinue reading “Living One’s Baptism to the Full”

Listening Circles

Listening and Speaking Differently – A Space for All Voices Liz and Vic O’Callaghan come with a background in education in schools, pre-service teacher education, system advisement, school leadership and consultancy. Together they have collaborated in the design and implementation of Restorative Practices in Australia. These combined skills have been instrumental in building relational capacityContinue reading “Listening Circles”

Celebrating Angels

Hugh was in trouble. He was HIV positive, estranged from his family, barely surviving in terrible accommodation, and had stopped taking his medication.  One day, the district nurse suggested he join the Monday lunch of Melbourne’s Catholic HIV/AIDS ministry. And there he met Marg Hayes and the team behind the weekly meal and social gathering.Continue reading “Celebrating Angels”

The value of liturgy on the margins

A few years ago, a representative from the Bedgerabong Union Church (shared across several Christian denominations) wrote to the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes with the following message: “Many Catholic residents of the Bedgerabong-Corinella area are requesting that Catholic services be held in the Bedgerabong Church, depending on the priests and lay preachers being available to conductContinue reading “The value of liturgy on the margins”

A priestless town – Anakie not anarchy

“If I don’t go to them, they will never know who Jesus is, or that they are loved by God.” So Anne Hatte witnesses in her tiny, struggling community, as she hopes to leave a legacy for the next generations. Anne lives with her husband on a farm in Anakie, the oldest town of Queensland’sContinue reading “A priestless town – Anakie not anarchy”

Patricia Smith – Voices to be Heard

Patricia Smith, who lives in Sydney on Darug and Guringai country, describes herself simply as a Catholic from birth with a deep love of the Eucharist. She sees herself primarily as a homemaker, a writer and a musician. Liturgical music is her way of serving her community, as a choir director, keyboard player and composer.Continue reading “Patricia Smith – Voices to be Heard”