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Autumn 2020: Leadership

10 February 2020


Marking out your space

11 February 2020 | Michele Gierck

Steve Lawrence has gone from playing in AFL premiership teams, to helping organise World Youth Day 2008, to running leadership workshops across Australia. He shares some of his insights into what it takes to be a leader.   

Putting people first

11 February 2020 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

A former Australian Labor Senator, Ursula Stephens has been chief executive of
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) since July 2019. She says while an important aspect of leadership is to inspire others, it’s also about using your influence to bring the best out of every one – and to speak truth to power.

Advice for 2020 school leaders

10 February 2020 | Lincoln Ingravalle

Lavalla Catholic College Victoria student Lincoln Ingravalle was named the 2019 VCE Leader of the Year last September. Alongside his school leadership roles, Lincoln was Latrobe City Council Youth Mayor, visiting local schools to talk to students about mental health. He also volunteered as a United Nations Youth Australia Delegate in Timor Leste. His advice to 2020 school leaders? Just keep going.


Reflections from PNG

17 February 2020 |

Seven representatives from the Catholic community in Australia visited Papua New Guinea in November 2019 to listen, pray and express solidarity with men who are languishing there under Australia’s offshore detention program. Here they share their experiences of the visit, their time among the men, and their hopes for a durable solution.

Opening new frontiers

17 February 2020 | Tracey Edstein

How do we identify and support the next generation of leaders in the Catholic Church? An innovative ACU program might provide an answer.

Giving thanks for the Mystery

17 February 2020 | Jenny Brinkworth

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) may have robbed Dr Michael Bowden of the ability to speak, but he still has something valuable to share with the world from his research into the spirituality of the Arrernte people in the Northern Territory.

How great was Saint Constantine?

17 February 2020 | Peter Fleming

The debate around the legacy of St Constantine highlights the difficulty of judging someone’s motivations from afar. 

A letter to: Ash Barty

13 February 2020 | Michael McGirr

Michael McGirr takes the opportunity to introduce Ash Barty to St Ignatius.

Listening to the Holy Spirit: A guide to discernment

12 February 2020 |

In the lead-up to the Plenary Council, Catholic communities are being asked to reflect on what the Holy Spirit is asking of the Church today. This type of discernment has been a part of Christian life for centuries, but it might be something new to many. Here’s a brief guide to how discernment works for individuals and communities, and how it might help you in your life and work.

Listening to the Holy Spirit: A Church where everybody leads

12 February 2020 | Michael McVeigh

As we approach the Plenary Council, discerning our own role in today’s Church is going to be important. We spoke to Dr Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership and Everybody Leads among other books, about how all Catholics can take responsibility in the next phase of the life of the Church in Australia.

Breaking down the age barriers

11 February 2020 | Michael McVeigh

Sacred Heart College in Geelong, Victoria, is changing the way leadership roles are made available to students, and it means more students have the opportunity to step up and contribute to the community.

Raising leaders of hope

11 February 2020 | Francine Crimmins

Making a difference isn’t just up to our political leaders – it’s up to all of us. Caritas Australia’s Just Leadership Days are about encouraging the next generation to be social justice leaders.

The way of the Cross: Leading in Jesus’ footsteps

10 February 2020 | Caitlin Humphrys

Christian history has many different models of leadership, from mystics who provided wise counsel from the wilderness, to Popes who played politics and negotiated with rulers. But all of these people had one source of inspiration – the way of Christ himself.

Humbling himself to his disciples, meeting and accompanying people where they were, and being crucified on the Cross, Jesus radically challenged the world’s idea of what it means to lead. Two millennia later, we can still find inspiration in his story.

Explorations: Leadership in the church

12 February 2020 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Good leadership is not a 'top down' authoritarian model but one of service. God invites Christian leaders to go beyond the boundaries and win people by love to a generous and faithful life.

Home truths: Not giving up on Lent

17 February 2020 | Kate Moriarty

Does the idea of Lent bring you more anxiety than spiritual solace? Perhaps there’s a different way to approach it. 

Discovering the Light Web

12 February 2020 | Brenna Dempsey

It sometimes feels that social media is full of nothing but anger and vitriol. But one of our young writers has discovered there are some communities where people can still find beauty and goodness.

The Way of the Cross: Becoming leaders like Christ

11 February 2020 |

Finding inspiration in selected Gospel readings during the Lenten and Easter seasons.

Becoming an influencer

11 February 2020 | Ann Rennie

On social media, companies will pay millions for the right influencers to talk about their products. But the most important influencers aren’t measured by ‘likes’ or ‘followers’, but by the power of their words and actions.

Quiz: Popes who became saints

17 February 2020 |

How well do you know the Papal saints?

Playlist: Exploring what it means to be a leader

12 February 2020 | Dana Sutherland

A look at leaders feature in two movies and a popular children's book.

Gaming the Gospels: Follow the Leader

10 February 2020 | Staff

How easy is it to identify and follow a leader? Take part in this fun activity and then reflect on a leader's role.

Social justice leaders in YA fiction

12 February 2020 | Hannah Kennelly

In a world where governing bodies are often consumed by conflict and disagreement, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching actually provide a good blueprint for a different way to lead. But how can we help the next generation better understand and follow these principles? One of our young writers looks at some popular Young Adult (YA) novels to find some examples of fictional leaders who – whether they know it or not – bring the teachings of the Catholic Church to life.

Bible hacks: Learning through failure

11 February 2020 | Geraldine Vytilingam

Even the best leaders have to live with, and learn from, failure. Here’s some Biblical inspiration on what to do when things don’t work out the way you hoped.

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