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Winter 2020: Integral ecology

05 May 2020


Monsieur Vincent’s home among the poor

17 May 2020 | Peter Fleming

A young St Vincent de Paul was attracted to the priesthood because of his desire for a comfortable life. But his true home was found on a different path.

A letter to a centenarian

16 May 2020 | Michael McGirr

Tom Moore was never shy of public service, but did the expect to become an international sensation after he passed his 99th birthday?

Around the schools

25 May 2020 |

News and items from around the schools including tips on teaching remotely, teachers who have been siging to their students and an online retreat for a time of isolation.

A sustainable career years in the making

24 May 2020 | Michele Frankeni

Every educational post helped build Bernard Holland’s commitment to environmental sustainability, culminating in his role as Catholic Earthcare Australia Director.

The beloved Amazon

17 May 2020 | Michele Gierck

Australian Divine Word Missionary Priest Fr Manh Le spent five years ministering to remote communities in the Amazon region. In the wake of the Pope’s latest exhortation, Querida Amazonia, we spoke to him about what he learned among the peoples of the region.


Living Laudato si’ in the Kimberley

17 May 2020 | Emilie Ng

With its pristine white beaches and rolling dirt-red cliffs, Broome is the pearl of Australia’s north-west. The Nulungu Research Institute at Notre Dame University, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is working to turn the region into a microcosm for a better Australia, both for the land and its people.

Supporting Australian communities in unprecedented times

17 May 2020 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

A summer of bushfires has been followed by a pandemic that has seen unprecedented shutdowns and economic hardship. Yet organisations such as St Vincent de Paul are continuing to respond in any way they can.

Present from afar

17 May 2020 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The coronavirus might have affected the way we can interact, but it hasn’t changed our need for connection with each other and with God.


Family life under lockdown

17 May 2020 | Michael McVeigh

The coronavirus has had an impact on families across the globe. While social and work activities might be curtailed, many families have found living in close quarters has helped fuel creativity and strengthen relationships. We asked the Rich family in Brisbane what life under lockdown has been like for them.

Seeking God in the stillness: Faith in the time of coronavirus

16 May 2020 | Anna Watt

These are unprecedented times. The streets have gone quiet, many businesses are closed and people are confined to their homes. In this new world, the Catholic Church has had to find new ways of bringing people together, sharing the Good News, and offering hope to those who are struggling.

New paths for our Church

12 May 2020 | Ally FitzGerald, Roger FitzGerald and Craig Arthur

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective on Laudato Si’ and Querida Amazonia

What is Integral Ecology?

05 May 2020 | Alice Carwardine

Five years ago, Pope Francis published his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. One of the ideas that emerged from this landmark document was ‘integral ecology’. In this feature, we explore what this means, and why it’s so important to the way Catholics understand our relationship to God, each other and creation.

Around the church

05 May 2020 |

News and items of interest around the Church including a Q&A reconsidering church leadership in the wake of the Royal Commission.

Explorations: The cry of the earth, the cry of the poor

24 May 2020 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

One of the main messages of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’, is that Catholics wanting to build a better world need to heed both the voices of the poor and marginalised, and the impact of human beings on creation.

A radical kinship

20 May 2020 | Miranda King

Finding a faith that embraces justice, ecology and theology.

What needs to be done

20 May 2020 | Ann Rennie

It’s no longer possible to ignore the fact that our climate is changing. Now we need to find the courage to act.

Hope in dark times

17 May 2020 | Brooke Myler

When disaster strikes, rather than asking ‘why is God doing this?’ it might be more helpful to ask ‘what is God asking of me at this time?’

Quarantine with the saints

25 May 2020 | Michael McVeigh

Here’s a fun activity to help stir the imagination while in lockdown at home. You have 15 points to spend. Who would be your dream quarantine companions?

Gaming the Gospels: My Garden of Eden

25 May 2020 |

What seven things would students want with them in their own Garden of Eden?

The social justice hero’s journey

25 May 2020 | Michael McVeigh

This game is aimed at helping young people become the next generation of social justice heroes.

Saints Quiz

25 May 2020 |

Saints for a time of lockdown.

At your disposal

24 May 2020 | Kate Moriarty

‘Reduce, re-use, recycle’ might be a helpful mantra for family prayer.

Playlist: Imagining a better world

25 May 2020 | Dana Sutherland

Exploring how we can build a more just world in our relationships with each other and creation.

A saintly social justice mash-up

25 May 2020 | Thea Kurniawan

Regular readers will be familiar with our ‘Sneaky Jesus Songs’ series that highlights songs with lyrics that, if looked at in a certain light, could be seen as religious hymns. Inspired by that series, we’ve put a mash-up of tunes that could be related to the stories of some inspiring social justice saints.

Quiet moments

17 May 2020 | Nevie Peters

Sprawled across a creaky metal grandstand at the peak of a grassy knoll, 47 young, sweaty faces watched the chaplain deliver his service. He was reading from a small bunch of notes in front of him on the table. It was warm, and a bit windy, and very quiet.

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