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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 33 | 05 June 2017

BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education strives to respond to the faith education and ministry formation needs of individuals, parishes, schools and ministry groups within the local Church.


Still, in 2017, I have heard comments among church-goers such as Father says a nice Mass or I’m not good enough to do a ministry in the Church. Such thinking comes from the days when lay people were expected to turn up, sit up, shut up and pay up.

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Feature Article
Lay Ministry & Beyond—by Alan Guilfoyle

Alan reflects on his call to lay ministry and how it has grown over the years to extend to the unchurched.

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Good news or bad news for women in the Australian Church?—by Andrea Dean

Andrea reflects on her recent experiences to highlight the position of Women in the Australian Church.

Working With Laity And Enjoying It—by Fr Noel Connolly

Noel touches on ordination of married men, clericalism, the place of women, lay leadership, the role of Clergy and where Mission sits in it all.

Encouraging Lay People Through Small Christian Communities—by Penny Bajaj

Penny outlines the contribution SCCs are making to the Church in India and reflects on the personal growth which has come from her involvement.

Laity: Church Gathered & Church Scattered—by Jeanette Smyth

Jeanette speaks of her experience working in Parish and the role of lay people in the Sacramental Preparation of children.

Church Reforms and the Laity—by Gideon Goosen

Gideon reflects on the term ‘community of equals’ and the challenge it presents.

Being Church Together—by Audrey Brown

Audrey reflects on the essential contribution of lay Catholics to Catholic Education.

What role do Lay Associates play?—by Angela Grant sjs

Angela outlines the importance and calling of Lay Associates to the Sisters of St Joseph.

Vatican News
  • Vatican canonizes Fatima seers – May 13
  • Catholics and Copts recognise shared baptism
  • Pope Francis on Practical Christianity


What’s On
  • National Symposium: Religious Education, Secularisation and Australian Catholic Schools
  • eConference 2017 — Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: The Hope of Pope Francis
  • Leading for Mission and Catholic Identity: Insights from Vatican II
  • Underground Cathedrals — A Spirituality for the 21st Century
  • Rainforest Reawakening
  • Tuesday Mourning


Book Reviews
  • A selection of books from BBI’s Library
  • Laity’s Mission in the Local Church
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
  • Songs of a War Boy


Prayer and Poetry
  • Prayer for Laity
  • A Prayer for our Earth
  • Song of the Builders
  • Patient Trust
  • Quotes
Featured Websites
  • In-depth document outlining the Role of the Laity
  • Truth, Justice & Healing Council
  • Teilhard de Chardin

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