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Summer 2020/21: Pilgrimage

06 October 2020


Following God’s still, small voice

27 October 2020 | Emilie Ng

Journalist Jo Hayes says her successful media career is largely the result of praying and listening to God. 

Elsie's lessons

26 October 2020 |

Elsie Heiss found solace in her faith as she grew up, created a community where she could feel at home, then spent much of her life helping the broader Catholic community grow in their understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The cave: from isolation to solitude

01 November 2020 | Angelo Campagna

COVID-19 has forced us all to retreat into a time of isolation. But it doesn’t have to be endured alone.

An ecological Exodus

01 November 2020 | Alice Carwardine

Were the Biblical plagues of Egypt a result of a natural catastrophe? Whether or not that’s the case, it’s a timely reminder of our fragile place in the world and our duty to care for creation.

The world’s holy places from home

01 November 2020 | Michele Frankeni

Being confined to your home state because of coronavirus is no reason why you can’t make a pilgrimage to some of the most beautiful cathedrals and holy places in the world.

A student’s environment is their castle: The fight to save the world from coal

01 November 2020 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

It sounds like the plot of a really great movie: an 85-year-old nun, and eight teenagers take the government to court to fight for the environment and save the world. But fortunately, this story is reality, not fiction.

Around the church

01 November 2020 |

News items include support for blast-affected resident of Beirut and an interview with Catholic Professional Standards Limited CEO Sheree Limbrick.

Around the schools

01 November 2020 |

News items from around Catholic schools including support for graduate teachers; young people and discernment; a virtual symposium 'Faith in the future'; and supporting people affected by COVID-19.

Praying with Pope Francis

01 November 2020 |

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions intentions for 2021.

Pulling back the veil

01 November 2020 | Tracey Edstein

Conor Ashleigh’s passion for social justice led him around the globe. Then he discovered photography as a powerful way of sharing the experiences of those he encountered.

Paulie and the punk rock nuns

01 November 2020 | Neve Mahoney

Punk rocker Paulie Stewart has lived a wild life. But he says it’s his friends, Timorese nuns who dedicate their lives to caring for disabled children, who are the real rule breakers.

The gift of Indigenous saints

27 October 2020 | Damian Costello

The stories of people such as Nicholas Black Elk help us better understand the universal call to holiness and the diversity of our faith.

Leaving a mark

01 November 2020 | Michele Gierck

Palms Australia places skilled Australians in voluntary placements around the world. But these experiences are about more than providing help – they’re about being invited into communities, building relationships, and being changed by the experience. 

Who is Jesus?

01 November 2020 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Jesus is at the centre of Christian faith. That is why we hear so much about him, often in complicated language about issues that we cannot understand. We might long for a simple explanation of why Jesus is important and how the different things said about him hang together. It may be helpful way to think of Jesus as the centre of a journey.

The pilgrim’s guide

01 November 2020 | Peter Fleming

St Bona of Pisa made her first great journey at the age of 14. Her life became dedicated to leading others on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago to help guide them towards God.

Pilgrim's progress

01 November 2020 | Kate Moriarty

The lessons of pilgrim life can also be helpful in navigating the ups and downs of our daily lives.

The two roads of St Paul

01 November 2020 | Nevie Peters

Paul’s encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus changed his life forever.

Our pilgrim life

26 October 2020 | Ann Rennie

We are all on a journey together.

Journeying with Mary MacKillop

06 October 2020 | Anna Watt

As the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop of the Cross approaches, one young writer imagines what it might have been like for a young priest to encounter this extraordinary woman.  

Gaming the Gospels: Joyful Christmas surprises

01 November 2020 |

This activity could be held in the week before Advent, and continue until Christmas.

Playlist: Journeying to God

01 November 2020 | Isobella Cantwell

Two movies and a book consider the different ways we travel when journeying to God. 

Quiz: Saintly conversions

01 November 2020 |

How well do you know the lives of the saints and when they converted to Christianity? Take our quiz to find out.

The walk of a lifetime

02 November 2020 | Ava Barrett

Miesje Blumer first considered a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago half a century ago, after a suggestion from her parish priest. But it wasn’t until she was 70 years old that she decided to finally embark on the journey – travelling the distance on her own. One of our young writers speaks to her about her experience.

What Covid-19 has taught me

01 November 2020 |

All of us will remember 2020 as the year of COVID-19. We asked some of our young writers community to share what they have experienced this year and how they have grown.

From surviving to thriving

01 November 2020 | Hannah Kennelly

While this global pandemic evolves, a different plague of stress, anxiety and exhaustion can threaten to engulf our daily lives. Caring for your mental health has never been more critical. One of our young writers shares some ideas of things you can do to help cope in these times.

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