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Winter 2017

23 May 2017


Magazine

A living law

23 May 2017 | Lindy McNamara

As director of Adelaide Archdiocese’s Tribunal, Sue Rivett’s role is to adjudicate on marriage annulment applications. As a woman whose own marriage broke down, she’s able to bring empathy from her own experiences to the task.


Q and A: Fiona Basile, author of Shhh…God is in the Silence

23 May 2017 |

Australian Catholics magazine speaks to Fiona Basile about her children’s book Shhh… God is in the Silence.


A woman of words and action

23 May 2017 | Kate Mani

Through Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan has set out to help disadvantaged children find their voice.


A freedom of spirit

23 May 2017 | Thea Kurniawan

I know many inspiring women who have faced the odds to succeed in their respective missions, but none have captivated me in the way Elena Reidy has.


Helping girls build a more inclusive future

23 May 2017 | Caitlin Hardy

Nicole Christensen is the principal at Monte Sant’Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney. One of her students, Caitlin Hardy, interviews her about what it means to be a female leader in education.


Empowering women as 
mothers and leaders

23 May 2017 | Michael McVeigh

Can a mother really have a successful career and a happy family life? 
Prue Gilbert knows it’s possible if workplaces allow it. 
A mother of three herself, Prue is working with organisations across the country to support women in remaining in the workforce.


My mother’s story

23 May 2017 | Susie Hii

My mother, Angela Yong, passed on to us the most enduring gift – faith. She had inherited her faith from the British nuns who looked after her in a children’s home.


Becoming the best you can be

23 May 2017 | Emilie Ng

Brisbane Catholic Education Office Executive Director Pam Betts never set out to become a senior leader in Catholic education. She has always just worked to give her heart and soul to whatever role was given to her.


A leading light

23 May 2017 | Michael McVeigh

If the Catholic Church is to address issues that led to the abuse crisis, it will need to keep listening to people like Kathleen McCormack. The member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors says education is vital in building global safer communities for children.


Mary Glowrey: 
A trailblazer on the road to sainthood

23 May 2017 | Anna Krohn

By anyone’s reckoning Mary Glowrey’s story is an extraordinary one. In this feature, we explore some of the ways that Mary was a pioneer in health and mission for the Church.


Marian devotions around the world

23 May 2017 | Clare Deignan

Our love for Mary reaches back through the centuries to the early Church. Our Catholic tradition is filled with devotions to Mary: the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary Helper of Christians, Our Lady of Lourdes, etc. We could go on. But Australian Catholics magazine thought we’d explore some lesser known Marian devotions that we don’t hear as much about.


A place of welcome and peace

23 May 2017 | Catherine Marshall

The healing has begun for a group of refugee children in a school in Western Sydney.


Exploring the question of women deacons

23 May 2017 | Clare Deignan

Is it time for the Catholic Church to welcome women deacons? Pope Francis says let’s talk about it.


Online exclusive: Creating safe environments for children

23 May 2017 | Nancy Bicchieri

Nancy Bicchieri from Catholic Education Melbourne looks at the Royal Commission’s research paper on grooming and provides some tips for Catholic communities on reducing the opportunity for grooming behaviours in schools.


Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church

23 May 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

At the time of the Reformation Catholics and Protestants argued about the place of Mary in the Church. The Protestants argued that Catholics treated Mary as another God, and that devotion to Mary was not found in Scripture. Mary continued to have a central place in Catholic devotion.


Home truths: What a girl wants

23 May 2017 | Kate Moriarty

Empowerment isn’t always as easy as it sounds


Be bold for change

23 May 2017 | Rachel McLoughlin IBVM

What does it mean to have a theology of women?


Unguarded moments: An immaculate conception of leadership

23 May 2017 | Ann Rennie

In a post-truth, fake-news world, we need the kind of leader who isn’t driven by ego, vitriol and divisiveness. 


Mother of the Disappeared

23 May 2017 | Richard Leonard SJ

Devotion to Mary has been a source of debate in recent years as people lament that some Catholics have no devotion to the Mother of God at all, while others harbor concerns that some Mariology displaces Christ in whom redemption is claimed.

 


Editorial: Celebrating the gifts women bring to our schools, praises and other ministries.

23 May 2017 | Michael McVeigh

In this edition, we celebrate some of the extraordinary women that inspire and shape our faith. 


Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?

23 May 2017 | Kate Moriarty

I’m what you might call a feminist outsider. It sounds cool when I put it that way, like I’m some sort of rebel.


A letter to Dorothy Day

23 May 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Dorothy Day, I can remember the day at the end of November in 1980 when you died. You were 83 years of age and living in New York; I was a callow youth of 18 helping homeless people in the inner parts of Melbourne and trying to find my way in the world. Actually, the homeless were the ones helping me but it took ages to realise that.


The rhythms of family life

23 May 2017 | Clare Locke

Parenting is often about trying to create some kind of order in the midst of a charismatic chaos.


The small miracle of my survival

23 May 2017 | Andrew McIlroy

Arriving at the Alfred Hospital last April, I held tightly a tiny Immaculate Heart of Mary medallion I had long kept in my bedside drawer but before now had never thought to reflect upon. On this day it took on a significance much greater than its size.


Recipe
: Creamy Mac’n’Cheese with Super Greens

23 May 2017 |

There’s nothing better than tucking into a bowl of steaming hot, cheesy goodness in the form of Mac’n’cheese. The American snack was one of my favourite after-school treats and as a child I’d help Mum to stir the pasta in the pot before adding milk, cheese and more. I’ve added some of my favourite greens to the mix for the ultimate comfort food dish with a healthier twist.


Online exclusive: What I learned from TV mothers

23 May 2017 | Young writers

Family life makes for good TV, although programs don’t always the best examples of how we should relate to each other. We asked some of our young writers to look at their favourite TV mothers, and some of the lessons they’ve learned from them. 


Quiz: Female saints

23 May 2017 |

A quiz to check your knowledge of female saints.


My favourite female artists

23 May 2017 |

These four women display leadership through their preferred areas of art. They highlight the importance of the arts and the impact they have on society.


Women who have inspired me

23 May 2017 | Brenna Dempsey

I feel very fortunate that I have always been surrounded by strong, confident and positive female role models.


Online exclusive: Lessons on motherhood from Mary

23 May 2017 | Dinelle Hettiarachchi

There are many inspirational figures in our Catholic faith, but there’s one pretty amazing mother in particular that models motherhood perfectly: Mary, mother of Jesus. One of our young writers explores what we can learn about motherhood from Mary.  


Heroic women in the Bible

23 May 2017 | Neve Mahoney and Meaghan O’Connor

Some might have the impression that the Bible mostly sidelines women. But these stories show that there were plenty of women in Biblical times with the courage to challenge the men around them and stand up for what is right.


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