A quiet word of hope
From the Provincial
A quiet word of hope
Fr Steve Curtin SJ says when times are hard people need a strong community around them. We want our presence with people who are doing it tough to take the form of a quiet word of hope when there seems little reason to hope.
A gift out of love
Joy, elation and a deep sense of belonging: these were the emotions that poured out when three Jesuit novices made their first vows during the Feast of the Presentation at Holy Family Parish in Emerton recently.
Sorry Day event at Mt Druitt
Holy Family Parish Mt Druitt has commemorated the fourth anniversary of the apology this week, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda making a call for constitutional change.
Indigenous languages tell our story
Co-author of a new paper on reconciliation in Australia from the Catholic Social Justice Council, Australian Jesuit Fr Brian McCoy says Australia is enriched by Indigenous language and culture, and must work to preserve and respect it.
Country schools need better deal
Jesuit Bishop Greg O'Kelly says he hopes the upcoming school funding review will take into account the increased costs faced by country schools.
Prisons don't create jobs
Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards has called on the Victorian Premier to drop plans to build more jails as a way of creating jobs.
Environment at the centre of the parish
The Environment Group of the Parishes of Our Lady of the Way at North Sydney is gearing up in 2012 to bring environmental concerns to the forefront, by helping integrate ecological awareness into the liturgy, catechism and other parish ministries.
Around the Works
MAGiS Indian immersion
MAGiS Australia's recent immersion in India was built on relationships forged at MAGiS 2011 and strengthened a shared bond of Ignatian tradition.
Ignatian insights in our lives and work
The Loyola Institute brings you a new edition of a book on Ignatian insights, and the Province Induction Program for 2012.
He seemed like one of us
MAGiS's Daniel McMahon was in the audience for Fr General's talk at Riverview last month. He says it was good to feel so strongly part of the Ignatian family.
Rowed to success
St Ignatius' College Riverview students launched their three newest rowboats last week – one named for an ex-teacher, one named for a Jesuit, and one named in the spirit of the school's Ignatian tradition.
Portrait of a parish
Fr Andrew Hamilton reviews the new history of Immaculate Conception Parish, written by Fr Paul Duffy SJ.
Questions for the General #3: Youth
What advice would you give to a young person trying to discern their career or occupational path, who has an interest in serving the poor, but does not necessarily want to dedicate their entire life to this service?
Questions for the General #2: Spirituality
Would you share with us something of your early experience of God that on reflection has caused transformation in your life. If you were to paint a picture of the feelings associated with that experience what colour or colours would you choose?
Questions for the General #1: Education
How do we do strive for excellence, or 'the more', in a society that is placing increased pressure on the 'product' over the 'process', when it comes to education?
Responses to the Fr General
Julie Edwards and Daniel Street respond to Fr General's speech at St Ignatius' College Riverview, on 25 January 2012.
Striving among sinners
Fr Chris Middleton SJ explores why some people choose to reject society's institutions, and says simply opting out does not effect change, but only weakens the social fabric.