#Lovemakesaway at Catholic Communications Congress in May

Brigidine Sister and refugee advocate Sister Jane Keogh CSB will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, an event held once every three years.

The theme of the Congress is: What is our voice? ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Mt 12:34). It will be held from the 4 – 6 May at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney.

Early-bird registration is open until 2 April at whatisourvoice.org.au.

Organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the Congress brings together professionals working in the media, education, communications, health, welfare, justice, and other church-based fields. Continue reading

Making way for love

Sister Jane Keogh

Sister Jane Keogh

It’s an unusual religious community.

Slightly north of Canberra city is the house. It’s not a convent nor is it an apartment block. To most it would look like an ordinary home.

Yet, it’s an interreligious community, and much has happened within its walls.

Asylum seekers have heard the outcome of their cases there. They have learned of their imminent deportation to danger. Others have suffered mental illness as a result of traumatic journeys by sea and having fled persecution.

Hazaras from Afghanistan, Iranians and Sri Lankans have sat around the table, brought together by the well-spoken, passionate, feisty and welcoming Sister Jane Keogh.

Sister Jane will be one of the keynote speakers at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress beginning 4 May 2015 at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney. She will open up the Congress with a presentation on the theme: “What is our voice?” Continue reading

Statement from Archbishop Philip Wilson Archbishop of Adelaide

“I am disappointed to have been notified by the NSW Police that it has decided to file a charge in respect of this matter.

The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976, when I was a junior priest, that a now deceased priest had abused a child.

From the time this was first brought to my attention last year, I have completely denied the allegation. I intend to vigorously defend my innocence through the judicial system and I have retained Senior Counsel, Mr Ian Temby AO, who will represent me in respect of it. Continue reading

Statement from Archbishop Denis Hart Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Philip Wilson 

Archbishop Philip Wilson is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, a position which he has held since 2001. He is also the Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, a position which he has held since 2012.

Prior to his appointment as Archbishop of Adelaide, Archbishop Wilson was the Bishop of Wollongong from 1996 to 2000 and prior to that was the Vicar General of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Continue reading

What Choice? Aboriginal peoples have the right to decent services where they live

Bishop Saunders

Bishop Saunders

Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Bishop Christopher Saunders, has posed the question ‘what choice?’ to Prime Minister Tony Abbott after his comment that Aboriginal peoples are living in remote communities as a ‘lifestyle choice’.

“Where is the lifestyle choice?” Bishop Saunders asked. “Communities are under serviced and patently there is insufficient listening to the voices of people in Aboriginal communities. We are forcing Aboriginal people out of their ancestral lands to live in regional towns. The reality is that when a community is closed down people and their families have nowhere to go, so they end up on the streets, separated from their land, heritage, family, culture and spirituality. Continue reading

Fellowship forms the essence of community Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship

New participants in the Fellowship

New participants in the Fellowship

The Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship is the essence of community, 24 year-old Fellowship participant Sally McEniry told the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

‘It’s inspiring in how it brings people together from across Australia into the Church and into a community,’ Sally explained.

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Choosing Food for Life Caritas Project Compassion appeal for the third week of lent

When Karen learnt the skills to manage her money and choose healthy, nutritious food, she paved the way for a better future for her family.

Australia is known as a land of plenty. There is no realistic danger of food shortage, supermarkets compete fiercely for our consumer dollar, and we have access to a mind-boggling array of healthy produce at affordable prices.

But the story is starkly different for First Australians living in rural communities, where low incomes, limited access to nutritious, affordable food, and poor food choices (due to lack of education) are severely compromising the health and well-being of families. Continue reading

Women have so much to offer the Church Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015

Woman and Man e-book imageThe talents and skills of women have not yet been harnessed, more than 15 years after a ground-breaking report was released on women’s participation in the Church.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015, the Office for the Participation of Women has launched an e-book of the ‘Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus’ report, a research project on the participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia. Continue reading

What is our voice? Australian Catholic Communications Congress Early bird registration launched

A human rights campaigner, an Archbishop-expert on social media, national radio and television journalists, storytellers, award winning writers, a PR guru, a movie maker and digital media specialists are just some of the speakers that are sure to inspire delegates at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress.

This is a call to all working in a media or communications role, be that in a parish, diocese or media organisation, to join us at the Congress. The Australian Catholic Communications Congress is an opportunity for you to learn practical media skills, debate hot button issues, establish new contacts and be inspired.

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