A Global Community Moving Into New Life
Ursuline Conference 2018
The Austalian Ursulines gathered for their annual Conference from 29th June to 1st July at St Josephs Spirituality Centre, Baulkham Hills. The theme this year; "A Global Community Moving Into New Life"
They were joined by a number of guests with whom they have worked and companioned over the years.
On Friday evening Sr Ruth Durick welcomed all participants who had gathered for our Ursuline Conference. Her welcome was followed by an Acknowledgement to Country by a group of young dancers from CBHS Lewisham.
Fr John Prior SVD led the sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning, giving an overview of the concept and practice of Mission. Father sees us at a turning point regarding Mission and challenged us to address change with bold and energetic reform in attitude and direction. He encouraged us to come to a deep understanding of differences - not focussing on what separates us but rather putting our strength towards an understanding and acceptance of the challenges they provide.
Lana Turvey-Collins in her capacity as the Facilitator of the Plenary Council 2020 joined us on Saturday afternoon. During this time we were invited to engage in the process of facilitating listening groups responding to the question; "What is God asking of us in Australia at this time?"
Lana encouraged us to approach the listening groups with open minds and hearts in following through what we hear. It was emphasised that the agenda for the pastoral council will be created from our stories. This is a process for borders to be crossed.
The conference provided space, inspiration and challenge. Participants left ready to put their experience into action. One woman left saying "I feel courageous!".
World Refugee Day - 20th June 2018
World Refugee Day is celebrated on 20 June and is the high point of World Refugee Week 17-23 June. The theme for 2018 is #WithRegugees.
In today's world, more than ever before we need such a celebration to focus the world's attention on the plight of refugees, and to recognise the contribution refugees have made and are making to our community.
In our own country World Refugee Day provides us with an opporutnity to reflect on our rich cultural diversity, the courage displayed by refugees to face the challenges before them and most importantly to listn to their stories and help promote a "culture of welcome" in our own communities.
Our participation in events organised by local Councils and Organisations enables us to express our solidarity with refugees and also to send a strong message to our politicians that we, as Australians demand justice and compassion for those forced from their homeland through war and violence.
Let us try to participate in an activity, listen to the story of a refugee or sign one of the petitions available on the #WithRefugees.
This World Refugee Day, Sr Genny Ryan osu has prepared an update on Human Trafficking in Australia.
Please follow the link for that information;