The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council will host a three day retreat in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs, from 19 – 21 April 2016. The retreat is being supported by the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
Designed to build the capacity and the networks of those working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Ministry, the retreat will give attendees an opportunity to reflect, share and learn from each other.
It is also an opportunity to develop relationships with others working in a similar area from across Australia.
Life is getting faster and distractions more intrusive. The concept of looking internally and contemplating one’s place in God’s world and our relationship with those around us is often maligned. For those serving in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry, we offer this retreat as an opportunity to take the time to place life on ‘pause’ and concentrate on renewing the spirit with fellow workers in Christ.
Many of us work in remote locations, and can often feel isolated so the retreat is an opportunity to build networks and learn from one another in a caring and encouraging environment.
Day 1: Recollection
The first day of the Retreat is an opportunity to put our minds into a spiritual frame and leave the baggage of everyday life and responsibilities at the door. We will reflect deeply on our relationships with God and with each other through experiencing presentations and sharing the Eucharist.
Day 2: Formation
Formation is the key to building the capacity of those working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry. Presenters and delegates will explore the following topics:
What is the Eucharist in the world today?
What do the Sacraments mean to us?
An Outline of the meaning of sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
We will explore both the Catholic and Traditional aspects of the topics and put them in the context of the work that you are all doing in your communities.
Day 3: Pilgrimage
Hosted by John Lochowiak and Fr Raass of the Alice Springs Parish, the pilgrimage is the ideal way to finalise the retreat. Delegates will travel around Alice Springs and surrounding areas visiting special sites that have deep cultural significance.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra Goulburn
Evelyn Parkin, Theologian
Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome
John Lochowiak, NATSICC, Chairperson
Members of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Bishop Eugene Hurley, Bishop Don Sproxton, Bishop Joseph Oudemann and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green.
Alice Springs Resort
Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870
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08 8363 2963
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