The Tables in My Life

Sr Jwan Kada IBVM, 18 May 2023 Sr Jwan Kada’s experiences of faith and ministry have been centred around tables, and for her, they are always eucharistic. It all started as she grew up in Iraq, fully immersed in the Chaldean Catholic Church. Before she was a teenager, Jwan would perform ‘Mass’ for her family,Continue reading “The Tables in My Life”

Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – the Seven Delegated and Sent

Elizabeth Young rsm, 1 May 2023 This week I was privileged to be asked to preach for Catholic Women Preach, a global project that uses modern technology to bring the voices of diverse Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel. On this Fifth Sunday of Easter, like the early followers of Jesus, we areContinue reading “Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – the Seven Delegated and Sent”

Women and the Permanent Diaconate? Fears and Hopes

Elizabeth Young rsm, 13 April 2023, First published in The Diaconate, National Association of Deacons of Australia Newsletter, March 2023, Issue 7 Along our journey of life, we all have hopes and fears about the future. We hope for a liveable interdependent Earth. We hope for world peace. We fear the growth of inequality andContinue reading “Women and the Permanent Diaconate? Fears and Hopes”

Liturgy, Word, Service and Funerals Close to the Heart

Sr Stancea Vichie MSS, 2 March 2023 In 2016, Sr Stancea Vichie MSS was in Rome with the International Union of Superiors General, in a meeting with Pope Francis. It was there that the question arose: as women already function effectively as deacons, could they not be ordained like those women in the early Church?Continue reading “Liturgy, Word, Service and Funerals Close to the Heart”

Interview with Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ

Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, 9 February 2023 Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, described as the most senior woman in the Vatican, recently made a whirlwind tour of Australia. She gave talks and interviews with many people, and truly represented the synodal Church preparing for the Synod of Bishops gathering in 2023/2024. I was extremely privileged toContinue reading “Interview with Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ”

Diaconal Formation from the Past, for the Future

Sr Patricia Fox RSM, 15 December 2022 Sr Patricia Fox RSM has had a lifetime of education, formation and church leadership. Lately she went digging back into her history, to several years running the Adelaide Archdiocese Ministry Formation Program. It was not a long time, she recalls, but very significant both for her personally andContinue reading “Diaconal Formation from the Past, for the Future”

Mission to the Margins, in Service

Sr Bernadette Wallis MSS, 1 December 2022 Today Sr Bernadette Wallis MSS reflects on liturgy on the margins in her own words. Thanks, Bernadette! The margins, of course, are the centre of the universe for those who live in places or lifestyles that are considered ‘margins’ by others!  However, when we are in those margins,Continue reading “Mission to the Margins, in Service”

Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley, 27 October 2022 At our Feast of St Phoebe Webinar, Deacon Anthony noted one of the unanswered questions and kindly offered this blog post in response. It also relates directly to the recent blog about Sr Helen. Thanks, Anthony! I was asked by a member of a women’s Religious InstituteContinue reading Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

Free to Help those in Need

Sr Helen Stannard RSM, 13 October 2022 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)Continue reading “Free to Help those in Need”

Building Up the Faith of Others

Sr Liz Morris RSJ, 23 September 2022 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, occurringContinue reading “Building Up the Faith of Others”