Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor: Social Justice Sunday 29 August

In a short space of time the peoples of planet Earth have witnessed bushfires, floods, and catastrophic environmental damage. Good people everywhere ask, “What is the right and proper way to respond?”

I spoke to Olkola/Djabaguy woman Sherry Balcombe about this. “We as Aboriginal people know the Earth is the most sacred of gifts given to us by the Creator Spirit,” she said. “It is what gives us life. It nurtures us, it sustains us and provides all that we need. We must heal country”.

Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ named earth as our common home, crying out for attention. When it is exploited and spoiled, the poorest of earth’s people suffer first, and future generations are robbed of their inheritance.

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Book Review: Journeying with Joseph

The title of the book, Journeying with Joseph, offers a broad canvas on which the authors explore and honor Joseph, whom Christians know as the foster father of Jesus.

The idea of the work evolved from the creative mind of its editor, Mary Cresp rsj, and from Josephite history impregnated as it is with the ideas of founders such as Mary MacKillop, Julian Tenison Woods and others. The writers themselves offer us their expertise in areas such as spirituality and theology as they write about a silent man who provided a sacred space for both Mary and Jesus.

The book is subdivided into three sections: Joseph’s Foundational Inspiration, Joseph’s Radiant Influence and Joseph’s Cultural Outreach. The sections make it easier to access areas of particular interest to the readers.

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Celebrating a Birthday Every Week

Photo by Aline Dassel.

Celebrating a birthday every week – one of the perks of being a foster carer for more than 40 years

Growing up in a family of 11 girls and 5 boys, Jacqui Davis has always loved being part of a busy, noisy household.

More than 60 years later, that hasn’t changed as Jacqui who has been a foster carer for 41 years, is currently looking after three young siblings, and is loving the equal measure of joy and chaos that they bring to her home.

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In Loving Memory of Sr Mary Preston

Photo by Elizaveta Strelkova.

Sr Mary Preston entered eternal life on 14 August 2021.

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

The funeral is on Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 10:00 am (ACST) and will take place in St Joseph’s Chapel, Kensington South Australia.

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Celebrating St Mary MacKillop in the Year of St Joseph

To celebrate the feast of St Mary MacKillop in the Year of St Joseph we offer seven short video reflections.

These videos draw together themes from the life of St Mary, the seven qualities of St Joseph in Pope Francis’ document Patris Corde, and the life of experience of diverse Christians.

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Indigenous People Offer Us A Deeper, More Inclusive World

“Think I might be a litte bit in love with Ruby Tui. Bringing te reo to the BBC. Best Olympic interview yet!”

Black Fern Ruby Tui’s interview about their win in the women’s rugby sevens Olympic semi-final inspired this Facebook comment from a friend in England. The Black Ferns are predominantly Māori women and Ruby began the interview in te reo Māori (the Māori language).

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Launch of Formation for Mission Framework

The Formation for Mission Framework is a response to the need for a formal induction and formation programme for those who work with us in SOSJ Works.

Each person engaged in ministry brings to the role significant skills, knowledge, wisdom, a value base and a range of personal and professional experiences.

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Supporting One Another

Stained glass window designed by Terry Eichler. Located at All Saints Catholic Church, Portland VIC.

We are all in the gift of much older work. We are looking often by others’ eyes and we are only preparing ourselves to do something larger. [1]

Visiting the beautiful country of Scotland gave me a marvellous insight into the character and background of Mary MacKillop’s parents, Alexander and Flora MacKillop. It also provided an understanding of the harsh history of the country and the determined resilience of the Scottish Highlanders.

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