Three Stories of Three Tables

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, 1 June 2023 Picture a uniquely Australian scene. A pub, in a town of no more than 50 residents, in the middle of the desert. Alcohol is forbidden outside this building, so it has become a focal point for the community. People are coming in, more and more of them. ThereContinue reading “Three Stories of Three Tables”

Living Canon 517 §2

John and Uta France, 25 May 2023 John and Uta France have been empowered by a Church prepared to be creative, in order to respond to the needs for ministry in the world. In the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese in 2014, Bishop Bill Wright commissioned them to be leaders, and they have received and grown in thisContinue reading “Living Canon 517 §2”

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”

Handing Down the Ministry

Rev. Nicholas Rundle, 11 May 2023 For Rev. Nicholas Rundle, church ministry is in the family. Quite literally, his mother Rev. Beryl Rundle has handed down her example. And now, Nicholas serves others in a spiritual way, with special attention to their hands.  That story will come later, but let’s start with some of theirContinue reading “Handing Down the Ministry”

Being Catholic, Imaging Christ and Belisi

Cecilia Tan, 20 April 2023 Elizabeth: Tell me a bit about your own ministry journey. Cecilia: My ministry journey is unseparated from the person I am, from what I understand as the call to live out my Christian faith in the best way possible. I became cognisant of this from an early age, as aContinue reading “Being Catholic, Imaging Christ and Belisi”

Crumbs from the Banquet Table

Robyn Presdee, 30 March 2023 As COVID started to loom large, more and more restrictions came into place. The South Coast Correctional Centre decided that everyone over a certain age had to work from home. This affected one of the chaplains, Deacon Peter Presdee, who was working inside full-time. His wife, Robyn Presdee, was doingContinue reading “Crumbs from the Banquet Table”

The ‘Religious Dude’ and Much More!

Deacon Mark Kelly, 23 March 2023 From the navy to the power industry to the education system to the Church, Deacon Mark Kelly has had an interesting journey. Yet all of his experiences have made him who he is, and he “absolutely believes” that the Holy Spirit has been involved in spades.  After growing upContinue reading “The ‘Religious Dude’ and Much More!”

It’s Already Here; It’s Alive and Well!

Cathy Jones, 16 March 2023 Some of our readers may recall the story of Sr Gerri Boylan, Administrator and Pastoral Leader of the remote Western Australian gold-mining towns of Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. Well, recently I had the privilege of hearing from her successor, Cathy Jones, who appears to be the perfect candidate. CathyContinue reading “It’s Already Here; It’s Alive and Well!”

From the Peripheries to the Centre

Mario Trinidad, 9 March 2023 Mario Trinidad has had, in his own words, a “long journey”. He grew up in the Philippines in a middle class family, and went to an all boys exclusive Jesuit school. But through university, he “realised there is something more to life than amassing wealth, marrying and living happily everContinue reading “From the Peripheries to the Centre”

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”