Mission to the Margins, in Service

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, leadership can be supported there within theContinue reading “Mission to the Margins, in Service”

Serving the Community brings Happiness

Deacon John Cinya has been with people experiencing material poverty and material wealth. Yet he has found that what really brings happiness is connected instead to our spiritual needs. It is grasped by individuals, “but also exercised in the community”. No matter what you have, when you know that the community is around you, whenContinue reading “Serving the Community brings Happiness”

Ministry of the Words

Deacon Mick O’Donnell is a novelist, but his life makes a compelling and inspiring story of its own. Ordained in 1991, he has had 31 years as a permanent deacon and “is still in love with the ministry.”  Back in the 80’s, there were few such deacons in Australia and Mick was working in criminalContinue reading “Ministry of the Words”

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”

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”

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”

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

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