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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 18 | 07 October 2013

The Broken Bay Institute strives to respond to the faith education and ministry formation needs of individuals, parishes, schools and ministry groups within the local Church.

Editorial
Editorial

By Dr Catherine Thom

The words of Bishop of Rome, Francis, from his homily of 7 September, 2008 when speaking about his own Argentinian people:

‘I confess to you: when I meditate on this [ xenophobia in Argentina ], I pardon the xenophobes, but I cry. I cry of impotence. What is happening to my people, which once had its arms open to receive so many immigrants? What is happening to my people? ‘

Can Australians identity with these sentiments?


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Feature Article
Educating for Mission: Soldiers or pilgrims?

By Noel Connolly

As a young missionary seminarian I was trained to be a soldier for Christ, to be strong, brave, self-sufficient and generous. Each Columban’s Day I sang with enthusiasm our Columban song…

I was committed and prepared to give my life to such a crusade, but in the forty or so years since then I have grown to question whether the image of a soldier on a crusade is the right image, or goal for educating missionaries.


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Deep Faith is a gift from God

By Fr Gary Walker

The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing calls God a jealous lover. This type of vocation is not about becoming a priest or a religious unless the Holy Spirit directs their lives in that direction. It belongs to anyone whom God chooses to call into a profound relationship. The Church has need of priests and religious, it also has a need right now for people of profound faith.

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Questioning ourselves about Mission?

By Fr Patirkc O’Shea

Like the bishops I find I am questioning myself yet again about the mission of the people of God. The social teaching of the Church is sometimes talked about as "a well-kept secret". I wonder why this is so. It's clear that we have come a long way in the last 60 years and much has changed for the better due in some measure to people, like Fr Bill, who risked arrest, opposition and at times hatred so that this kind of change might happen.

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The Human Dignity of Asylum Seekers comes before national Interests

By: Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office

‘Each and every one of us must rise above indifference and have courage to open our hearts to asylum seekers, to listen to their hopes, to empathise with their despair, and to welcome them into our community,’ said Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops’ delegate for Migrants and Refugees.

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Vatican News

An Italian man whose brother was shot dead in June has spoken of his shock when he answered the phone to Pope Francis, calling this week to offer his condolences.

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What???s On?
  • What if we woke up one morning and discovered that the Second Vatican Council had never happened?
  • Justice to God and Justice to Humans
  • Prayer day for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery
  • 9th Annual Australian Bonheoffer Conference
  • Australian and New Zealand Council of Christians and Jews- Conference
  • Hope for the Reign of God and the Future Church in Oceania
  • Newmac

 

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Mission And Education Resources

Submitted By Heather Lang

A selection of books published in the last few years on the church's mission through education.

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Poetry, Prose and Posters
  • Family
  • Celibates
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Conference and Speaking Engagements

By Noel Connolly

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Conference Papers

By Peter Mudge

Venue: Munich, Germany
Conference: European Association for Research on Leaning and Instruction (EARLI)
Date: 27-31 August, 3013

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Conference Papers

By Peter Mudge

Venue: Munich, Germany
Conference: European Association for Research on Leaning and Instruction (EARLI)
Date: 27-31 August, 3013

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Research topic: New Foundations for Theological Education in Australia: Taking Student Worldview and Values Seriously

By Dr. Dan Fleming and Prof. Terry Lovat

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Meeting of The 5th International Conference And Assembly International Association Of Catholic Missiologists July 15-21

By Gerard Goldman

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Research comes alive in meeting with Jean Vanier

By Zachariah Dule

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Silence: A Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch ( Penguin 2013)

By Dr. Catherine Thom

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Featured Websites

Museum of Democracy, old Parliament house

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The getting of wisdom

By Paul McCabe

One of the highlights of the year so far has been Pope Francis’ first encyclical: Lumen Fidei.

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