Dear Friends,

Don’t miss the article written by a group of students from Maronite College of the Holy Family (MCHF). The article is the result of a gifted and talented project for 2016 which involved female students from years 7 to 11. The intent was to capture the insights of these girls on how they interpreted the role of women in the Gospels. The result is terrific and I’m sure it will give you great encouragement.

You will also find an article on that troublesome gospel passage about Martha and Mary, and some inspiring stories about women who do their work wonderfully well and make the Gospel known right where they are.

I’ve got a challenge to put to you. The upcoming colloquium “Women as Witnesses to the Joy of Gospel” (Sept 17-18 at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney) is an ideal opportunity to experience community with like-minded women, to be hear anew the confronting call to be transformed by the Gospel and to commit to fresh ways of witnessing to the Gospel in contemporary Australia. The keynote speakers, Assoc. Prof. Maria Harries AM, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ and Megan Brock RSJ will address the three dimensions of Women in the Family, the Church and Society. Three blocks of workshops allow for some of the critical challenges of our society to be explored at depth with expert facilitators. There will be times of prayer and listening, sharing and talking.

You can read more about the program here. Earlybird registration has been extended to August 6.

Please contact your diocesan office to ensure that at least two representatives from your diocese are attending; and volunteer to come! Some sponsorship is available to support attendance of women from remote centres. Contact me if you are interested. We would like to see every diocese represented.

A great opportunity is available to support the work of Caritas Australia. Women are not great at putting themselves forward, so think about who might be a suitable candidate for this role and encourage them to apply. Caritas Australia, the church's international aid and development agency, is calling for Expressions of Interest from Catholic women leaders with significant knowledge and experience related to international aid and development to serve in a voluntary capacity on its National Council. CA is especially seeking interest from New South Wales and South Australia. Contact John Warhurst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0439498283. Website -


Andrea Dean

July 2016