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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 34 | 04 September 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.


The word mission is seen often in our corporate world today and in media interviews we hear individuals speak of their ‘mission’ to fulfil a certain dream or purpose. The word was made prominent for us as Catholics after Vatican II. Until then many Catholics, if questioned, might have said mission was for the ‘Missionaries’.

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Feature Article
Community, Belonging and Identity: Young People and Mission by Fr Brian Lucas

The release of the results of the 2016 Australian Census generated significant interest with reports of the alleged collapse of Christianity and the fact that 30% of Australians cited ‘no religion’.[1] Those reporting no religion increased noticeably from 19 per cent in 2006 to 30 per cent in 2016.

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Reflections on Catholic Identity by Gabrielle McMullen

It is timely to reflect on our understanding of Catholic identity as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse draws to a close. The Royal Commission conducted 57 public case studies, 15 of which focused directly and another five indirectly on the Australian Catholic Church.

Ritual & Community: Do We Really Need Them Today by Jim Quillinan

Are you ever struck by the increasing number of roadside memorials appearing in recent years – bunches of flowers, a photo, perhaps a cross, a handwritten message or some personal memento? These expressions of grief are sad reminders of a tragedy, a life lost in unhappy circumstances.

A Humble but Confident Identity in a Secular Australia by Noel Connolly

Identity and mission are complementary, reinforcing poles in Catholic life. We need an identity to have a sense of belonging, to inspire and enable us to go out on mission and to help us make our distinctive contribution.

Jean Vanier: A Spirituality Of Littleness & Vulnerability by Peter Mudge

I was recently invited to respond in the context of a Symposium to a question posed during a video interview to the founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier. L’Arche is described on its Australian website in these terms: “We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in Communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together.

What’s On
  • Sing with Joy! United in Diversity
  • Broken Bay Bible Conference 2017
  • National Catholic Mission & Identity Symposium
  • AICD Company Directors Course
  • Bonhoeffer Conference
Book Reviews
  • Re-visioning the Church: an experiment in systemic historical ecclesiology
  • Educator's guide to Catholic identity
  • Buying the field: Catholic religious life in mission to the world
Poetry and prayer
  • On Evangelisation by Rowan Williams
  • Dayspring by Noel Davis
  • You are the Mystery by St Augustine
  • I Am You Anxious One by Rainer Maria Rilke
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