In Loving Memory of Sr Maureen Hodge

Photo by Elizaveta Strelkova.

Sr Maureen Hodge entered eternal life on 11 May 2022.

We celebrate and give thanks for the life of Sr Maureen.

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Pentecost 2022

Photo by Akindele Ibukun.

One of the joys of my recent participation in the International Union of Superiors General’s (UISG) meeting in Rome, was the deep sense of the Spirit moving in and among us.

On a number of occasions, we were asked to pray the Our Father in our own language. This profound experience drew me into the reality of the first Pentecost where Luke records in the Acts of the Apostles – each one understood in their own language: ‘We heard them telling the wonders of God in our own languages.’ (Acts 2:11) At this moment in the Assembly, there was a deep sense of communion among us. As the days progressed, the call to work in collaboration with one another grew stronger – an indicator of the Spirit’s presence with us.

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World Communications Day 2022

World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, which sought to bring the gospel to light in the modern world.

This annual celebration occurs each year on the Sunday before Pentecost. World Communications Day invites us to reflect on how we can best use our gifts to bring about the gospel message of love, compassion, and inclusion.

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Ascension – Letting Go and Opening Space for the New

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The Ascension occurred in the life of Jesus when he left his followers, 40 days after the Resurrection and returned to His Father in heaven. ‘Why now?’ the disciples could be thinking as He disappeared from their sight and left them with his command to go out to all the world and be like him and spread the gospel. How could they do it without Him? His ascending is a loss for them. He is absent, or so it seems.

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Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Uluru Statement from the Heart.

On 26 May 2022, we commemorate five years since the release of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and National Sorry Day. Additionally, from 27 May until 3 June, we commemorate National Reconciliation Week.

Josephine Gabrynowicz, a member of and on behalf of the Josephite SA (South Australian) Reconciliation Circle, has provided a response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Laudato Si’ Week 2022: Explore – Embrace – Embody

Image by ACBC Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace.

In Australia, 16-24 May 2022 has been set aside as Laudato Si’ Week by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. The week culminates on 24 May, the seventh anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

Josephites have a long tradition of environmental and social awareness grounded in and inspired by the insights of our founders St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, and have found deep resonances in Pope Francis’ letter.

During this week as we recall Pope Francis’ challenge to address the cry of Earth and the cry of people, we can draw inspiration from the writings of Fr Julian so clearly reflected in Laudato Si’.

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Aussie Camino Experience

Aussie Camino participants at the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre in Penola, South Australia.

Jim Phelan recently completed the ‘Aussie Camino’ and shares his experience with us.

The Aussie Camino is a pilgrimage walk inspired by the life and journeys of Sisters of Saint Joseph founders St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods. It is an opportunity for participants to embark on a contemplative journey, visit scenic places, meet and connect with new people. The walk begins in Portland, Victoria and ends in Penola, South Australia covering over 150 kilometres.

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There will be no such thing

Photo by Timur Garifov.

Sr Mary-Ann shares a reflection on her favourite quote from Julian Tenison Woods.

Father Julian Tenison Woods’ writings are sprinkling with delightfully lyrical and sometimes pithy pieces. I find myself returning to words he penned in 1880:

There will be no such thing as sameness in the objects, no such thing as tameness in the beauty. (Tenison-Woods 1880, p. 102)

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